Another "beyond free music" release from the exquisite improvisation label Potlatch matches saxophonists Michel Doneda and Alessandro Bosetti with guitarist and mixer Serge Baghadassarians and sampler Boris Baltschun. The meeting of breath and machine produces a music of industry.
Doneda, a frequent participant in Potlatch outings, is quite comfortable with Italian saxophonist Bosetti, having recorded a trio Placés dans l'Air with Bhob Rainey. Sound artitst Baltschun is a member of No Furniture with Axel Dorner and Baghadassarians, who studied classical guitar, eschews any direct connection to that instrument here.
Ström mostly passes for a mediation on a subway platform. Breath passed through a saxophone is either altered electronically or submitted as extreme limits of pitch and sound. Wheels turn, squeals linger, and altered static give pause. Mostly the music is discovery of the hum and static you ignore as you wait for a train. Who is controlling those trains? Why is a warm wind passing? What clicks on and off in the darkness? The musicians work with a substantial vibration, an almost soundless presence, or at least one generated below the ears' ability to distinguish sound from feel. Nonetheless this is about feel and breath and the moment.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.