95

Kevin O: Sous Rature

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Kevin O: Sous Rature Sous Rature is derived from Jacques Derrida’s word “under erasure” methodology and is the title of guitarist Kevin O’ Neil’s compelling solo effort for composer/drummer/percussionist Kevin Norton’s, “Barking Hoop” record label. Here, O’Neil exhibits blazing chops along with the extremely talented Norton and forward thinking alto saxophonists Jackson Moore and Steve Lehman.

No doubt, the guitarist possesses a fluent imagination to coincide with his interesting compositional/improvisational philosophies and overall approach, as this band goes for the mighty jugular on this predominately frenetic yet altogether fascinating extended work. O’Neil’s performances with multi-reedman/modern music pioneer Anthony Braxton must have paid off, as the artist seemingly envelopes previously applied – new music – concepts and/or theories into a framework for expansion amid a notable sense of conviction to his craft.

On this release, the guitarist assists Norton’s often maddening pulse with rapidly executed chord progressions as the duo often provides the power for Moore and Lehman who intersperse quiet moments with stunning improv, meaningful accents and a raucous wave of sound. Throughout, Norton adds tonal shade and timber via his deft utilization of cymbals and small percussion instruments; although the drummer does add to the festivities with a monstrous yet outwardly poetic solo. The band also pursues multi-layered textures as they take full advantage of space and depth while also interlacing Thelonious Monk-style cadence with spirited unison choruses. However, O’Neil can also raise the intensity level a few notches with fiery and incredibly fast single note leads; otherwise the artist shines as a shrewd composer who seemingly has quite a bit to offer. All told, Sous Rature proves that notion beyond a reasonable doubt. Highly recommended!

Barking Hoop (recordings) Kevin Norton website


Track Listing: Sous Rature

Personnel: Kevin O

Title: Sous Rature | Year Released: 2001


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Such A Sky CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 CD/LP/Track Review Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read "Innri" CD/LP/Track Review Innri
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 20, 2016
Read "No Parking Any Time" CD/LP/Track Review No Parking Any Time
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 5, 2017
Read "Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations
by John Sharpe
Published: November 16, 2016
Read "Piano Song" CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "What Time Is It?" CD/LP/Track Review What Time Is It?
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 6, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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