102

Many Axes: 2 Many Axes

Rex  Butters By

Sign in to view read count
Many Axes: 2 Many Axes For over a quarter of a century, Susan Rawcliffe has designed and played ceramic flutes and other instruments. Many are based on studies of instruments played by pre-Hispanic cultures like the Aztec, Mayan, Zapotec, and Olmec, and after making and mastering them, Rawcliffe then adds creative redesigns to invent her own playable sculptures. She lectured at the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum, and has exhibited nationally. Her trio, Many Axes, uses her instruments and various ethnic instruments to freely improvise a music unlike any other. Many of the flutes duplicate ritual instruments not heard in over a thousand years. Their explorations part the mists of time for a glimpse of music as mystery play.

Joining Rawcliffe, Scott Wilkinson brings a wide experience with wind instruments, and ubiquitous drummer/sound engineer Brad Dutz covers the percussion (and of course, mixed the tracks with Wilkinson). With low, portentous drum tones, deep flute, and a tonelessly blown flute, "March of the Whales'" opens the CD with a near-ceremonial invocation. An acoustic anomaly with gongs creates electronic style sounds for the flutists to blow through on "Circuspace." The flutes fall into interlaced patterns with a steady drum, before reclaiming chaos.

With the flutes playing rising long tones, Dutz flies on a marimba on "Pillbug's Nightmare." A grievous pun, "Drama Dairy," titles a track with Dutz's hand drum creating a caravan ambiance, the flutes improvising exotic minors. The longest track, "Entropy," weaves texture with long tones on the clay trumpets, gloriously droning.

"Roll Over Johann" returns to the desert, this time a more heated dance driven by Dutz' hand drumming. One flute spins an exotic melody, the other barks and blows. The appropriately heavy "Mastadon Stew," uses didgeridoo-deep bass winds and Dutz' rhythm to conjure the Mammoth. The sounds of wind and extended techniques build "Unheard Melodies."

A pastiche of gongs, drums, and haunting flutes result in the evocative "Buried There." Temple bells wake the listener from the dreaminess to open "Dali Comma." Dutz' xylophone dances whimsically between flutes and droning gongs. Burbling sounds cycle through "Puddle" with stormy rumbles. Percussive tones on flutes precede a call-and-response interlude that imitates birdsong. "Anti Carlos" has two flutes sparring with Dutz working a rhythm with pot and pan drums.

Long on atmosphere and new sounds, Many Axes uses ancient forms to hearken atavistic responses from the primeval interiors.


Track Listing: March of the Whales; Circuspace; Pillbugs Nightmare; Drama Dairy; Entropy; Roll Over Johann; Mastadon Stew; Unheard Melodies; Buried There; Dali Comma; Puddle; Popping Beetles; Anti Carlos.

Personnel: : Brad Dutz, percussion; Susan Rawcliffe,ceramic flutes; Scott Wilkinson, winds.

Year Released: 2005 | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
2 Many Axes
Not On Label (Many Axes Self-released)
2004
buy
Many Axes
Not On Label (Many Axes Self-released)
1998
buy

More Articles

Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Eos CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read More Than This CD/LP/Track Review More Than This
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "The Declaration of Musical Independence" CD/LP/Track Review The Declaration of Musical Independence
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 25, 2016
Read "The Reasons Don't Change" CD/LP/Track Review The Reasons Don't Change
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 15, 2017
Read "New Birth" CD/LP/Track Review New Birth
by Mike Jacobs
Published: July 30, 2016
Read "OWT" CD/LP/Track Review OWT
by John Sharpe
Published: September 18, 2016
Read "Cómo Desaparecer Completamente (How to Disappear Completely)" CD/LP/Track Review Cómo Desaparecer Completamente (How to Disappear Completely)
by Troy Dostert
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "Laughing At Life" CD/LP/Track Review Laughing At Life
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 27, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!