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The abstraction of improvised music, and the additional distance that a recording (over a live performance) subjects a listener to, may be cause for concern. But listeners open to the conceptual and possibly transcendental experience that such music brings are often rewarded. Listening to this duo between Jason Roebke and Brian Labycz is one of those premium experiences.
Recorded for the new limited edition (this one is of 100 copies) label Peira, this is a handmade package and a numbered CD-R. Label chief and electronic performer Brian Labycz is the curator of Chicago's Myopic Improvised Music Series and a member of LSD (with Vadim Sprikut). He is joined by bassist Jason Roebke, best known for his work with Rob Mazurek and Dylan van der Schyff in Tigersmilk, Jeb Bishop's Trio, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Trio, and in Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatland Collective.
The music, or the sounds here, are the touch of Roebke's fingers on strings, the wooden tap and reverberation of the contrabass and Labycz's electronics. This combination of acoustic and electric is just that; Labycz's electronics buzz, pop, and making the current felt. Silences are highlighted by the introduction of contact by both players. Intensity is developed through the motion of either current or activity.
The beauty of this listening experience is not just the sounds but the accompanying tactile sensations created in the imagination.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...