149

Fred Lonberg-Holm: Dialogs

Clifford Allen By

Sign in to view read count
Fred Lonberg-Holm: Dialogs The list of truly formidable improvising cellists is rather short, for its perceived role as a classical instrument keeps it, like the French horn, out of the traditional jazz ensemble. Fred Katz, Ron Carter, Calo Scott, Joel Freedman, Abdul Wadud, Ernst Reijseger and Fred Lonberg-Holm are the most visible among the ranks, and the latter two are particularly notable for being galvanizing forces among their respective communities of musicians.

Lonberg-Holm has, as a result of his extraordinarily varied palette and compositional ideas, become one of the mainstays of the Chicago improvised music community. He plays regularly in the Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Pillow and his own groups, as well as sitting in with the Boxhead Ensemble, Wilco and numerous other projects.

For those who are interested in Lonberg-Holm's avant-garde technique, Emanem has released Dialogs , a "solo" disc of treated and manhandled cello. Retrofitted with miniature amplifiers, motors and various objects, the cello is—as on the cover—made into something akin to Jean Tinguely's kinetic sculptural instruments, and the resultant sounds are possibly even less traditionally melodic. Guttural scrapes, ponticello, high harmonics, collegno, feedback, radio squabble and sounds of generally indeterminate nature are the strict language on this disc.

The Dialogs title is apt: here, the process of sonic investigation is perhaps more (or at least differently) paramount and the physical fact of entering into sonic play, the conversation between two bodies, is apparent. Dialogs offers a direct experience that anyone with an interest in art as exploration would do well to hear.


Track Listing: 1 - Dialog 1 - 4:21; 2 - Dialog 2 - 11:04; 3 - Dialog 3 - 2:51; 4 - Dialog 4 - 5:56; 5 - Dialog 5 - 6:09; 6 - Dialog 6 - 12:50; 7 - Dialog 7 - 4:00; 8 - Dialog 8 - 6:47.

Personnel: Fred Lonberg-Holm - acoustic 'cello, small speakers, test amps, piezos, motors

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Emanem | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
  • Sewn by Troy Collins
  • Sewn by Mark Corroto
  • VCDC by Eyal Hareuveni
Read more articles
Dave Douglas Dave Douglas
trumpet
Sun Ra Sun Ra
keyboard
Cecil Taylor Cecil Taylor
piano
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
sax, tenor
Nels Cline Nels Cline
guitar, electric
Evan Parker Evan Parker
sax, tenor
Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark
saxophone
Derek Bailey Derek Bailey
guitar
Han Bennink Han Bennink
drums

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Colosseum Live" CD/LP/Track Review Colosseum Live
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 10, 2016
Read "Whirlwind" CD/LP/Track Review Whirlwind
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 24, 2016
Read "Manovuotometro" CD/LP/Track Review Manovuotometro
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Sedimental You" CD/LP/Track Review Sedimental You
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 21, 2016
Read "Obnoxius" CD/LP/Track Review Obnoxius
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 20, 2016
Read "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" CD/LP/Track Review Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 29, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!