Ambarchi / Flaherty, Corsano, Yeh
(Krayon Recordings) split 7-inch $9.00
The Flaherty, Corsano, Yeh Trio's oceans of bawling drum kit fire and fluttering string overtones fuse a complex web of ear asterism. Infiltrated by a woozy sax line that soon reduces in duration and increases the overall vehemence, with fragmented reed chewing rasp and roar joining myriad coordinates in this dense labyrinth of free magic. On the flip, an unexpected monolith from Ambarchi, stunningly crafted harmonic percolations of feedback glare, and riff particles slam into tantric drum force blast beats by Matt Skitz Sanders. Art by Paul Coors.
Another Dull Dawn
(Ultra Eczema - UE71) LP $27.00 (Out-of-stock)
Absolute madness performed on a variety of different drum sets, toy percussion, baritone sax mouthpiece on a two-foot metal pipe, violin strings, banjo and violin bridges, contact mics, effects pedals, claw bell, metal strips from windshield wipers, toy comb, clarinet, toy gamelan, guitar cable, gongs, metals, triangle, nylon guitar strings, amps, melodica, pot lids and of course the al important et cetera. Through innumerable collaborations, Corsano, with a non-academic and unlimited interest in sounds far behind any traditional school of music, has helped change and refresh improvised music forever; he has blown the "free" back into into free music again, and thrown an energy molotov cocktail over western Massachussets. Hairy black and white cover by Dennis Tyfus, with an insert. 400 copies.
(Wet Paint Music - 3001) CD $10.00
Seven bursts of careful yet flamboyant free improvisation from 2002. Trumpeter Kelley blasts fast, high-register, staccato lines in contrast to Flaherty’s alto and tenor playing, which is less frantic than on The Hated Music. Similar feel, though: intense splashes of bombast sit next to pensive passages, pushing and pulling, jumping moods quickly and logically.
Scraps and Shadows
(Roaratorio - roar26) LP $15.00
This follow-up to the duo’s Under A Double Moon finds McPhee largely on tenor sax rather than alto. Seven dedicatory pieces recorded live in Milwaukee in 2011, from the delicate balladry of “For Adrienne P” to the appropriately combustible “For Han Bennink.” Corsano’s stupendously detailed drumming and McPhee’s free-soul love cries weave a master latticework. Cover art by Judith Lindbloom. Download coupon included.
The Hated Music
(Ecstatic Yod - E#1B) Used CD $10.00
Flaherty’s impassioned overblowing and legato style recall Noah Howard and early-70s Joe McPhee, and his chord outlines, sheets-of-sound-era Coltrane. The Hated Music is raucous but well-crafted: the visceral and incendiary duo captures the spirit of the wildest, most hectic, most flamboyant free improvisation without blowing themselves into monotony.
Under A Double Moon
(Roaratorio - ROAR22) LP $16.00
With a career now spanning over forty years and more than one-hundred recordings, Joe McPhee has shown that in the world of creative improvised music, emotional content and theoretical underpinnings are thoroughly compatible — and, in fact, a critically important pairing. Since recording The Hated Music with Paul Flaherty in 2000, Chris Corsano has been active in far-reaching corners of the free improvised world. Recorded live in Paris during their spring 2010 tour of Europe, Under A Double Moon is McPhee and Corsano's first album together. Cover artwork by Judith Lindbloom. Liner notes by John Szwed. Includes download coupon.