The Hunt Is On - 46CD

by Beck Hunters

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"It's been a while since Beck put out one of his trio releases, but The Hunt Is On emphatically shows why threesomes are his favourite means of creating dynamic music and performance. A first release from a refreshing mix of generations and styles partnering Beck's experience and power with the younger talented Hunter brothers. They easily span free music and free jazz, even making incursions into the wild west and middle European fantasies. The group was formed about 18 months ago and immediately caught the attention of critics and audiences: "…truly mind-blowing, ranging between a cardiac arrest, epileptic fit and a nervous breakdown. The trio are extremely tight, threatening to unravel before skilfully coming back into sync. There is some jaw-dropping guitar work and Mick is a maestro on the saxophone, the music oscillating between anger and desolation." - Rob Aldam, Now Then Magazine Oct 2013"

The album has 4 tracks, each of which explores the group's varied relations with different idioms in depth.

1) Hunting for Metal. Somewhere between rock and a hard place, this is found. Sax and octavided guitar over some tumultuous percussion, a new element is forged.

2) Hunting for the Ultimate Chord. The bird-like ocarina and the human whistle suggest some options, followed by off-reed bassoon, pizzicato guitar and delicate stick on metal. Double diminished explorations come to a temporary resolution. Then the hunt is on again via pitched percussive interventions and low growly sounds of a distinctively questioning kind. Is the answer found? Yes of course in the sense that there isn't one.

3) Hunting for Young Quasars. Perhaps appropriately, this is the longest track, given its astronomical significance - the borderline between brilliant light and a black hole. What starts a bit like amphibians in a jungle and morphs through weird sustained wails into intricate swanee whistle assaults and dizzy slides. It moves into a stonking jazzy section, a strange conversational duo between sax and guitar, and then a sustained assault led by a drum barrage sounding much like the new year's Thames firework display. The intergalactic analogy can't be sustained too much given that sound doesn't travel across outer space very well, but you might get the general drift…

4) Hunting for Water. Bassoon with insertions from recorder, nose flute, train whistle, acme thunderer and vixen call. Self explanatory. Who wants water when there's beer anyway?

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released January 1, 2014

Mick Beck - tenor sax, bassoon, and whistles
Anton Hunter - guitar
Johnny Hunter - drums

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Discus Music Sheffield, UK

Discus Music was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer and Mick Beck, and is the CD imprint for their many and various projects, plus those of selected colleagues. Limited in its scope only by the imagination of the artists, the sounds to be found on the label vary between electronic rock music, free jazz, extended songform, improvised music, and other releases which simply cannot be categorised. ... more

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