AMN Reviews: Neil Davidson & Michael Duch – Oera [cw 15]

This new release from the UK label Consumer Waste features four untitled improvisations from Glasgow guitarist Neil Davidson and Norwegian double bassist Michael Duch. Although unusual on the face of it, the combination of mostly bowed acoustic guitar with a likewise mostly bowed double bass is a felicitous one. The four tracks, although differing from each other in sometimes significant ways, have in common an architecture constructed of overlapping planes joined or separated by varying rhythmic patterns. This comes out most clearly in the third track, in which staggered arpeggios on the guitar form the ground for irregularly placed bowed lines from the bass; the superimposition of variably phrased parts makes for gradually shifting patterns of rhythmic repetition. By contrast, the fourth track sets out a regular pulse by way of Duch’s spiccato bowing; Davidson’s bowed guitar creates a chime-like wash of sound on top, the timbre of which complements and contrasts with the bass by turns as the bow moves toward and away from the bridge. The long first track reverses these functions as the bowed guitar provides the pulse, while a drone in the bass sets up harmonic interference patterns between the two instruments. The second track is an interesting essay on timbre, featuring Duch’s flautando bowing over Davidson’s chords.

All About Jazz Reviews

Alan Broadbent
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Jonathan Rowden Group: Becoming (Orenda Records)

Eric Revis
Eric Revis: In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed Records)

J.C. Sanford Orchestra extended analysis
JC Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd)

Michael Musillami Trio
Pride (Playscape Recordings)

Jason Roebke
Combination (Self Produced)

Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband
America The Beautiful (Jan Matthies Records)

Led Bib
The People In Your Neighbourhood (Cuneiform Records)

Ayelet Lerman / Wade Matthews / Carmel Raz
Growing Carrots in a Concrete Floor (Aural Terrains)

Point of Departure 47

Fred Ho (cropped version)
Fred Ho (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latest Point of Departure web magazine is out.

Issue 47 – June 2014

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

The Revolution Will Be In 7/4: a tribute to Fred Ho by Taylor Ho Bynum

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

A Pioneer Spirit – an interview with Daniel Rosenboom: by Troy Collins

The Book Cooks:
We Thought We Could Change The World
by Peter Brötzmann + Gérard Rouy
(Woke Verlag; Hofheim, Germany)

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Jason Roebke