I overheard a conversation the other day. It was recorded by the duo HEAR, Joey Oz and Hannes Giger. Not knowing where it started or how it ends, their banter was an inside joke...that I understood. The forty-seven tracks comprising this release include 30 musical haikus. But even the longer pieces are fragments of thoughts. Scraps of conversations, like lines from favorite movies repeated so often you forgot what movie and who were the actors. In our postmodern world, or are we post(postmodern)? Why wait for a concept, a score, a producer, some industry executive, a public relations team, and of course a music video to present a musician’s art? Oz and Giger sit facing each other, laughing joking, and playing. Like the Futurist musician Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, HEAR takes sounds out of the confinements of music or speech to delve into thought and feeling.
Track List:Ballad In A Minor; Roll On All Over – Dirty Sounds; Triangulos; Woody Sounds; Nomen Est Omen; Yellow; Monotomy; Funky Flutes; Sounds From Our Space; Like A Black Riverbed; Orubuschga; 30 Short Stories; Uni-Son-Tri-Ton; Cicadas; Tonfisch I; Boeing; Waldteufeleien; Tonfisch II.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.