Surprises abound with each new release from this experimental British record label. Here, ace tenor saxophonist Mick Beck incorporates an amplified bassoon into an outing that defies even the most oddball stereotypes. I'd call it something like psycho free-jazz aligned with microtonal minimalism and garrulous space-rock. Guitarist Dave Tucker adds grunge-rock noise and eerie sounds from his laptop and the band engages in angst, discontent and maniacally centered chaos. But all in good fun, mind you.
Occasionally this free-form trio surfaces as a twisted heavy metal avant-garde trio, aided by Paul Hession's blitzing, asymmetrical rhythms. On "Washing, Beck's howling sax lines are framed with Tucker's wacky EFX treatments.
The trio moves about with a neurotic disposition, and all hell breaks loose during several passages. Other spots feature Beck's strange bassoon bellowing along with the drummer's off-kilter interludes, spiced up with whimsical intimations. Then on the lengthy "Opera, the trio works within a supernatural wall-of-sound, aided by Hession's slashing and crashing drum patterns. In essence, the musicians accomplish quite a bit as they morph various genres into an uncanny search and destroy mission. Not for the faint of heart, but an inspiring endeavor where multiplicity and ingenuity attain a triumphant coexistence. A top avant-garde pick for 2006.
Track Listing: Archie Shepp; Ballroom Dancing; Washing; Opera; Seething; Study in C Minor.
Personnel: Mick Beck: tenor sax, amplified bassoon, voice and calls; Dave Tucker: electric guitar, laptop;
Paul Hession: drums.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.