Sunday, May 20, 2007


With a full roster of Nato label notables at his disposal (Steve Beresford, Jac Berrocal, Mike Cooper, Roger Turner, Georgie Born and Joelle Leandre to name just a few), this legendary soprano/sopranino sax master tackles some oddly disparate idioms on Couscous. Unusually, the album begins not with any Coxhill music, but instead with a 7+ minute uncut excerpt of Buck Funk and the Rev. Antony W. Reeves from a scratchy old 1920's era wax cylinder disc playing playing some very mournful melancholic sounds. What follows is a near Globe Unity Orchestra-scale free jazz deconstruction of the proceeding piece, resulting in a New-Orleans-funeral-marching-band-gone-wonky sound that's gorgeously Ayler-esque. Though these deformations form the high point here, there's much else to love about Couscous, not least the seriously screwy album closer featuring Coxhill's trio formation The Recedents with Mike Cooper and Roger Turner, creating a work whose sound is precisely what you'd mentally conjure from the title "...And Lo! The Chapel Walls Trembled At The Voice Of The Mighty Cukoo".

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SOTISE said...

hi there
great post, nice to challenge the post industrial, music freaks from time to time eh, good ole lol about as far removed from, tg and nurse with wound as its possible to get in both intention and,consequent result
there are others floating around at the moment
one at my blog here
and at another free jazz /improv

blog here

take care, thanks for the incredible music.

vdoandsound said...

Sotise-Actually, though...Coxhill's not really a stretch at all from what I've been posting here lately, as this is both a Nato label release (of which I've posted several) and features many other artists I've repeatedly posted works by, including Jac Berrocal and Steve Beresford, not to mention that Coxhill had his own interventions into post punk weirdness, first via The 49 Americans and in the 90's collaborating with Japan's Totsuzan Danball. Thanks for the links to further posting of his material!

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