All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

303

Huntsville: Eco, Arches & Eras

Anthony Shaw By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Eras"

"Eras" actually comprises the majority of Huntsville's whole double-CD Eco, Arches & Eras, recorded live at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2007. It therefore typifies the trio's live sound, although here they are augmented by guests from Wilco—percussionist Glenn Kotche and guitarist Nels Cline.

The band specializes in the gradual build-up of powerful soundscapes through layering, with all three members using some sampling techniques. Percussionist Ingar Zach opens the piece with gentle throbs and minimalist percussion, though Ivar Grydeland soon leads the way—first, with his guitar and, after 20 minutes, adding motifs and melodies on banjo that clash or cross-reference in the mix.

In the wrong mood, this is just extended dissonance but, given the patience that a 55-minute track presupposes, this music comprises a tribute to the amalgamation of twenty-first century noise with twentieth century sounds. At the same time iconoclastic and traditional, it references both Elliott Sharp and Woody Guthrie.

Personnel: Iver Grydeland: guitars, banjo, pedal steel guitar and various instruments; Tony Kluften: double-bass and various instruments; Ingar Zach: percussion, tabla machine, sarangi box, shruti box and various instruments; Nels Cline: guitars; Glenn Kotche: percussion.

Title: Eco, Arches & Eras | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Rune Grammofon

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Three Pictures CD/LP/Track Review
Three Pictures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 23, 2018
Read A New Beginning CD/LP/Track Review
A New Beginning
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Onyx Noir - Jazz Works For Brass Quintet CD/LP/Track Review
Onyx Noir - Jazz Works For Brass Quintet
by Gareth Thompson
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Triad CD/LP/Track Review
Triad
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Sketches of American Music CD/LP/Track Review
Sketches of American Music
by Doug Collette
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Alive In The East? CD/LP/Track Review
Alive In The East?
by Chris May
Published: June 22, 2018
Read "Playmates" CD/LP/Track Review Playmates
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 14, 2018
Read "Promethean" CD/LP/Track Review Promethean
by David A. Orthmann
Published: July 3, 2017
Read "The Things We Did Last Summer" CD/LP/Track Review The Things We Did Last Summer
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 5, 2017
Read "Threes" CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "Life Of" CD/LP/Track Review Life Of
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read "Vessel in Orbit" CD/LP/Track Review Vessel in Orbit
by Don Phipps
Published: January 19, 2018