Upon its initial LP release, this 1984 improvising session turned more than a few heads. And it would take a fertile imagination for one to reconcile the duo's rendition of Monk's "'Round About Midnight with the original, for example. Armed with boyish enthusiasm, the artists pursue a wanton spirit through their surrealistic game plan. Of course, British freestyle vocalist Phil Minton is a well-known improviser since the advent of this date with his fellow countryman, percussionist Roger Turner. But this recording still resides as an attention-grabbing document.
At times Minton hisses like a cat, amid gurgling noises and sound-shaping activities. Needless to say, these folks march to the beat of a different drummer. However, Turner's effective cymbal shading techniques complement Minton's improvisational vocalese in a rather fruitful manner. On "Cold Storage, the percussionist's dark-toned cymbal swashes and other implementations suggest a cold and creaky environment. They conjure up images of a metal machine shop, but many of these passages sound amazingly as though they could have emanated from a digital sampler.
It's a notion that hits home, especially since Minton's vocal range and ability to mimic echo and reverb bestows uncanny similarities to elements of an electronics-based DJ mix. Elsewhere, the musicians engage in doodling and tinkering with squeaky sounds, chirps and asymmetrical rhythms. The improvisers' imagery prevails in a manner that mimics nature at work, due to Minton's plaintive cries and other digressions. This isn't casual listening, but such undeniably adventurous stuff instills a mind-bending chain of events where the tried and true gets a serious overhaul!
Track Listing: Ammo; Cold Storage; Ing-A-Ting; Feral; Rubbed and Told; Round About Midnight; Cut Face; Urgent.
Personnel: Phil Minton: vocals; Roger Turner: percussion.
Learning Jazz gave me a masters degree in music. Jazz is American Classical Music, came
out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
never sound right. Thank you to all the courageous musicians who made the world hear
them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
the world. American Classical Music. Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate a quote by Clark Terry.