sound of a burning fire in the background, Kenny Wheelers melancholic
trumpet blows over the track, Lit, in what must be one of the most beautiful
avant-garde jazz ballads ever. And the crackle of fire burning has to
be one of the most effective uses of found sound as a musical accompaniment.
After last years Masses, Spring Heel Jacks John Coxon and
Ashley Wales have gone further down the free-jazz-meets-electronics route
with their collaborators - Evan Parker (sax), Paul Rutherford (trombone),
Matthew Shipp (piano) and a host of others including Spiritualizeds
Jason Pierce (guitar).
Less frenetic than Massed, Amassed is instead ominous (Double Cross) and
mournful (100 Years Before) and features a more lyrical and subdued Evan
Parker. And it is a beautiful fusion of electronic noise, literally fuzzy
scratchy electronics and found sounds, which act as new instruments for
free jazz, something that Miles and Coltrane could not foresee in the
pre-sampling era. Perhaps instead, its the pioneering work of Cornelius
Cardew and AMM which has come full circle. Philip Cheah
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