131

DJ Wally: Nothing Stays the Same

Rex  Butters By

Sign in to view read count
Keef Destefano began spinning records at the age of 13. Now, as DJ Wally, his sounds saturate the New York dance underground. His first headlining session, Nothing Stays the Same, becomes the latest Matthew Shipp/Thirsty Ear All-Star collaboration to gracefully wed jazz, hip hop and techno. As his nom de spin implies, DJ Wally comes fully equipped with a surreal sense of humor.

Australian expatriate Peter Gordon, classically trained since the age of 7, dominates the recording with inexhaustible flute solos. Other soloists often appear filtered or blunted, their contributions floating through the mix.

“Hello” features Gordon emerging from a swirl of electronic sound, giving way to “A Day In the Life,” a hard funk groove that offers Daniel Carter some space on alto, Gordon flying alongside. The title track employs brisk jungle rhythms with the flautist keeping pace.

Opening to sampled applause, “Thirsty Thrills” serves up some tasty Khan Jamal vibes with William Parker and Guillermo Brown metering out the time. Wally takes over the rhythm with dense chording by Shipp, then Parker and Brown return to pace Jamal. Alto flute and tropical percussion lead the brief “Lessons Learned,” then David S. Ware adds murky, muted, compressed tones to “A Night in Savannah.” Gordon contributes lilting flute lines.

“Out of the Blue” chugs along on Brown’s brush work and some whirly piano from Shipp, Gordon sailing above the fray. Wally again cues the applause track. “Shipp Solo (Interlude)” features some ten fingered attacks from his past, then “Paint by Number” turns Parker loose with electronic effects going off all around. Brown plays his polyrhythmic best and Jamal simmers under the samples. A highly processed Carter alto sears through the mix with more applause greeting him.

“Shaken” could be “Lessons Learned, pt 2,” while “I Spy” opens to launching jets before settling into a medium tempo workout for Gordon. “A-Plus” brings back Jamal buried under burbling body function sounds; Shipp joins on what sounds like tack piano. “Medley” lumbers out the gate with a flurry of samples that end the collection.

With the instruments and cuts more intertwined than earlier collaborations with DJ Spooky, the question of whether it's live or sampled becomes an even deeper riddle, but the playing of Gordon and company make this a pleasure to ponder.


Track Listing: 1. Hello (Intro) 2. A Day in the Life 3. Nothing Stays The Same 4. Thirsty Thrills 5. Lessons Learned 6. A Night In Savannah 7. Out Of The Blue 8. Shipp Solo (Interlude) 9. Paint by Number 10. Shaken 11. I Spy 12. Maybe Just One (Interlude) 13. A-Plus 14. Medley

Personnel: Guillermo E. Brown: drums; Daniel Carter: reeds; Keef Destefano: samples; Peter Gordon: acoustic and electric flute; Khan Jamal: vibes; William Parker: bass; Matthew Shipp: piano David S. Ware: sax

Title: Nothing Stays The Same | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Whispers on the Wind CD/LP/Track Review Whispers on the Wind
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman CD/LP/Track Review Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Heptagon CD/LP/Track Review Heptagon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 23, 2017
Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read "Planets + Persona" CD/LP/Track Review Planets + Persona
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 18, 2017
Read "Endemic Ensemble: Tangled" CD/LP/Track Review Endemic Ensemble: Tangled
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "Cultural Capital" CD/LP/Track Review Cultural Capital
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "Better By Far" CD/LP/Track Review Better By Far
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 17, 2017
Read "In Layers" CD/LP/Track Review In Layers
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 13, 2017
Read "Eka" CD/LP/Track Review Eka
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 21, 2017

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT!  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.