“Transgresses genre boundaries
as much as transcends them"
- Dave Wayne, All About Jazz, NY
"A particularly powerful voice"
- David Keenan, The Wire
“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist”
- Time Out, NY
"Half pianist, half hurricane"
- Steve Holtje, Culture Catch
"One of the most captivating pianists working today"
- Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal)
Nels Cline - Guitar/Effects, Michael Wimberly - Drums,
Thollem - Effected Piano, AO44 Hammond Organ, Analog Keys/Effects
Coming June 23rd, 2015
on Relative Pitch Records
- Liner notes by Fred Frith:
I love this record. I thought I probably would, but the reality
surpassed my expectations. Maybe because so many more
questions are posed and elegant solutions put forward than
I had imagined before I heard it. About tuning and timbre.
Density and openness. Repetition and memory. About style
and genre and the nature of technique. Flashes of Larry
Young and Tony Williams Lifetime when they were
re-defining jazz forever. Tristano. Sharrock.
Subtle alterations, treatments, processes. Relentless kinetic
energy. Above all, an appreciation for how to find and hang
on to your place in a narrative unfolding at speed. For the
fact that structure is not what is imposed, but what is revealed.
For how the recording process affects sound and performance.
If empathy is the capacity for putting yourself in someone else’s
shoes, then these are truly empathetic players, which we hear
at every twist and turn. But I’m also struck by something about
physics, about the nature of mass and the strength of mutual
This music seems to exist as much on that basic level as
on any other, and as such it is compelling and fun.
Like watching asteroids. Or blades of grass.
Or shoals of fish. Or birds.
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