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by Sean Patrick Fitzell
Shards of sound leap forth without hesitation or preamble. Tearing guitar and saxophone squalls compete with the thrumming bass and frenetic drums on the appropriately titled, Setting Out With Aggressive Intent. The impact is immediate. Expedition: Live at the Knitting Factory is an improvisational adventure for guitarist Hans Tammen, tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist Alfred 23 Harth, bassist Chris Dahlgren and drummer Jay Rosen. Recorded in 2001, the near-hour long set is subdivided into ten pieces, though it is ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
For those who closely follow the global jazz-improv scene, these artists' varied resumes point towards the latest and greatest of modern jazz's vast parameters and possibilities. Recorded live at New York City's late, great Knitting Factory in 2001, the quartet indulges in some truly exciting interplay, tinged with bizarre attributes and moments of energized sonic mayhem.
The electro-acoustic vibe features ominously crafted improvisation, spiced-up by Hans Tammen's endangered guitar manipulations and bassist Chris Dahlgren's electronics-based treatments. At times, ...read more