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Weasel Walter: Mysteries Beneath The Planet & Invasion

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Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter GroupMysteries Beneath The PlanetugEXPLODE2009 Weasel Walter SeptetInvasionugEXPLODE2010 Both of these Weasel Walter albums feature similarly-equipped bands and a comparable level of attack, magnified, distended, distilled, compacted, crushed, mushroom-clouded or otherwise unnaturally manipulated to create a maximized rush of euphoria. Walter co-leads an ongoing group with fellow drummer Marc ...

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Weasel Walter / Henry Kaiser / Damon Smith: Plane Crash

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Power trio or acoustic sensitives? This album shuffles both manifestations and mostly decides to alternate the settings, allowing torn ears some peace following each eruptive onslaught. Surely this must be guitarist Henry Kaiser's most extreme recording, in terms of decibel achievement? His rabid emissions build a wall of Black Metal doom-chundering, a pinnacle of sludge detrimetalism. Damon Smith's grime-bass traverses the tonal range past cello and even as high as the violin, bowing, dexterously plucking, as if eternally questing for ...

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Weasel Walter: Revolt

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There aren't too many musicians who bring intensity to the music like drummer Weasel Walter, who has consistently been releasing extreme, vicious and dense free improvisation as a leader since the middle of the decade, mostly on his own ugExplode label. But Walter's history is a lot more varied than free jazz, as he was the fulcrum of the no wave/punk/experimental/free-form band the Flying Luttenbachers from 1992-2005. Since moving to Oakland, California from Chicago in 2003, he's split his time ...

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Take Five With Weasel Walter

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Meet Weasel Walter:I come from the Midwest. I was a punk when I was in my teens, but I listened to free jazz and Xenakis too. I moved to Chicago in 1990. I started playing with Hal Russell in 1991 and formed the Flying Luttenbachers with him in December of that year. That band lasted until 2007 and went through 20 members and numerous stylistic changes over the course of 16 albums and more than 300 live shows.

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Weasel Walter: Oculus ex Abyssus and Firestorm

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In the nearly fifty years that have passed since saxophonist Ornette Coleman recorded the double quartet Free Jazz (Atlantic, 1960), freedom has become a relatively accepted approach to practicing improvisation and composition. So much so that a group like the Vandermark Five, which has its own history, can record four volumes of Free Jazz Classics (Atavistic, 2003/06). Conversely, Scandinavian power trio The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, reeds; Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums) can wax interpretations of rock and punk ...

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Weasel Walter Quartet: Revolt Music

Read "Revolt Music" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The title of this album could also sound something like the soundtrack for a toppled government. It's musical anarchy and upheaval, thanks to free-jazz drummer Weasel Walter's relentless pursuit of artistic expressionism. With alternating line-ups, recorded at a studio and venues on the West Coast, this album is about pounding bass lines, punishing rhythmic exercises, wailing saxophones and more. There are no hard-and-fast rules set forth, as the musicians' manifesto is built upon sheer energy and frenetic dialogs. ...


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