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Unpredictable as ever, Incus have released an album rich in melody and harmony, neither typical of the Incus catalogue. If an electric guitar can produce some of the most violent of improvised music, an acoustic guitar is potentially both soothing and melodic. When three of them play together, the soundscape verges on lush.
Listened to in mono, these three guitars interact so closely that they frequently become as one. In stereo, the individual contributions are separated and one can hear who is doing what. McAuley (on the right of the stereo image throughout) emerges as the more dominant voice, often initiating melodic lines that the others then support. Cline typically opts for more abstract, filigree detail, making it more difficult for the others to follow him. Poole's bowed guitar gives the sound variety and depth, particularly on the lengthy "Seventeen Step," the outstanding piece here.
This album is a testament to the enduring health, vitality and variety of free improvisation. It also typifies an increasing convergence between improv and "inside" forms.
Track Listing: Inclusive; My You; Extinguished by Rain; Squeeze Toy; Web; Seventeen Step Inclusive; My You; Extinguished by Rain; Squeeze Toy; Web; Seventeen Step
Personnel: Nels Cline, acoustic guitars; Jim McAuley, acoustic guitars; Rod Poole, acoustic guitars, bowed guitar
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com