Did John Coltrane revisit his minor hit "My Favorite Things" after he met Rashied Ali? If he had, the Rodgers and Hammerstein song might have sounded a bit like saxophonist Valerio Cosi and drummer Enzo Franchini's version, re-titled "Part Seven" on the duo's Conference Of The Aquarians.
The pair recorded this and eight other tracks in July, 2006 in Lecce, Italy, for a small Italian label and it quickly sold out. Thankfully, it has been released anew by the US label Last Visible Dog.
Their duo work and subsequent overdubs register a healthy perspective on music making. Part free/part manipulation, it carries itself as intelligent experimentation. "Part Seven" begins with static distortion and frenetic drumming. As the melody takes shape so does a radio play. The intensitycall it noisebuilds into a swirl of distortion that would make Thurston Moore quite proud.
The purpose here is not just the cacophony. In fact, a lack of discord prevails throughout. The pair has melded free music and thoughtful compositions; electronics added to the very simple and charming guitar melody of "Part Five" creates space age folk. The two stretch out a bit on the irresistible overdubbed groove of the opening "Part One" and the sitar-backed dreams of "Part Three," followed by some saxophone/drums call-and-response "Part Four," and the obligatory noise track, "Part Five."
This hidden gem, now available Stateside is indeed a vital find.
Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; (Interference); Part Five; Part Six; Part Seven; Conclusion.
Enzo Franchini: drums, cymbal, percussion, vibes; Valerio Cosi: alto saxophone, piano, double-bass, sitar, synthesizer, electronics, electric guitar, radio manipulations.