Some Thoughts About Shkrang! - 25CD

by Shkrang!

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Archie Shepp 04:21
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Washing 06:20
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Opera 20:20
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Seething 05:16
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"There isn't an improvising duo in Britain at the moment that can match reed player Beck and drummer Hession for sheer energy and concentration. The addition of Tucker on electric guitar and laptop to the familiar reeds and drums situation in no way dilutes or depletes those characteristics. From the opening onwards, and particularly on the long, roiling "Opera" (which has a great mad scene), they work absolutely as a unit. Tucker has some low string stuff and occasional electronic effects that suggest there's a bass in there somewhere as well, giving some of the pieces an unexpected hint of tonality, which is all to the good. One has to look back as far as early Amalgam to find free jazz / improv as compellingly rooted and adventurous as this." - Brian Morton, WIRE

Could be hammer blows on anvils or industrial strife, veering between free and rock, car crashes and dog fights. It's unusual and intense, the best of abstract free and wreckless driving.

Culled from concerts in Spain and England in 2003, then embellished by Tucker in studio.

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released February 10, 2021

Mick Beck - tenor saxophone, bassoon, voice & calls
Dave Tucker - electric guitar, laptop
Paul Hession - drumset

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Discus Music Sheffield, UK

Discus Music was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer. The label releases leftfield rock music, free jazz, extended songform, electronics, improvised music, and other sounds which defy categorisation.

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