176

Weasel Walter Quartet: Revolt Music

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Weasel Walter Quartet: Revolt Music 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.

It's a whirlwind approach, featuring avant-garde guitar master Henry Kaiser's metal shredding and sinewy upper register lines on "The Need To Revolt." Then, on "Revolting Music," alto saxophonist Josh Allen's plaintive cries nicely complement Walter's over-the-top asymmetrical pulses, who serves as the primary instigator throughout.

Walter's inventive polyrhythmic solo spot, during the aptly titled "Drum Solo," is a tour de force. Here, the artist performs at a rather maniacal pace, which includes his use of small percussion instruments, blitzing tom-tom patterns and incredibly fast bass-drum footwork. On various tracks two bassists provide a bottom-heavy and limber foundation for the soloists' free-flight. Even hardcore free jazz aficionados might find themselves somewhat aghast by the sheer power generated during the entire program. At the very least, Walter and associates could probably provide backup for your local energy company. Not for the feint of heart.


Track Listing: Revolt; Revolt and Revolt Again; Revolting Music; Totally Revolting; Drum Solo; The Need to Revolt; Right Now We Are Revolting; We Have Revolted.

Personnel: Weasel Walter: drums; Damon Smith: bass; Randy Hunt: bass; John Gruntfest: alto saxophone; Aram Shelton: alto saxophone; Henry Kaiser: electric guitar.

Title: Revolt Music | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: ugEXPLODE


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Second Act CD/LP/Track Review Second Act
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Imaga Mondo CD/LP/Track Review Imaga Mondo
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Port Of Call CD/LP/Track Review Port Of Call
by John Sharpe
Published: August 23, 2017
Read May I Introduce To You CD/LP/Track Review May I Introduce To You
by James Nadal
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read "Morning Sun" CD/LP/Track Review Morning Sun
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 18, 2017
Read "Lab 2016" CD/LP/Track Review Lab 2016
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Sounding Tears" CD/LP/Track Review Sounding Tears
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Short Stories" CD/LP/Track Review Short Stories
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "ScratchBop" CD/LP/Track Review ScratchBop
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "Sanjay Divecha and Secret" CD/LP/Track Review Sanjay Divecha and Secret
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 2, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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