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Carlos Bechegas/Peter Kowald: Open Secrets

Jerry D'Souza By

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Carlos Bechegas and Peter Kowald, who passed away in '02, were a good team. As thinkers and purveyors of improvised music, they created a waft of arresting ideas. Kowald, a giant among bassists, was a riveting presence who turned the bass into a loquacious voice that fed on his intuitive brilliance. Bechegas would take advantage of that, and as he tapped into his own pulsating imagination he would come up with an array of dazzling ideas.

On Open Secrets Bechegas uses three flutes—the piccolo, alto and C-soprano—the choice divined by his concept of the music. A swirling momentum gathers the first storm of ideas. Kowald bends notes and creates little whomps that rise to eddy with the swirls created by Bechegas. The impact is maintained and the momentum continued. But comes a time when the process has to be slowed, the body given limb and extension. The third part casts form to the winds as Bechegas breaks linear movement in slight dissonance and, for good measure, scats.

Kowald uses the bow on the seventh segment, a calm presence that contrasts the intensity that is Bechegas. Kowald gets to eddy the pool soon after, a boiling cauldron that does not spill over. Bechegas is first sweet and plays with a clear voice, but, drawn into the well created by Kowald cuts a deeper, more intense swath. Surprises continue to make a play, and a very nice one comes through the use of a sound processor used to distort the voice in chant and create a surreal image.

Visit Carlos Bechegas at FMP Records online.


Track Listing: Part 1 to Part 13

Personnel: Carlos Bechegas--flutes; Peter Kowald--bass

Title: Open Secrets | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: FMP Records

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