AMN Reviews: HAG – Moist Areas

HAG: Moist Areas [eh?56]

HAG – the name is an acronym derived from the last names of trumpeter Brad Henkel, bassist Sean Ali and snare drummer David Grollman – are an ensemble specializing in the unorthodox use of orthodox instruments. The pieces collected here focus on the broad textural possibilities available to acoustic instruments, offered up in an often clamorous pile-on of sound. Occasionally one can identify Grollman’s cymbal scraping the head of his snare, or individual notes from Ali’s pizzicato bass, or Henkel’s breath passing along the length of his trumpet. Most often though the improvisations take the form of a dense collision of sounds pulled directly from wood, metal and plastic. A sonic adventure indeed.