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A quiet quartet session intended for loud volume with Jacob Lindsay (reeds), Ava Mendoza (electric guitar), Damon Smith (7-string ergo-bass & lloopp), and Weasel Walter (percussion & bagpipe chanter), unusual tapestries of sound plus a recipe!

Lindsay / Mendoza / Smith / Walter

Lindsay / Mendoza / Smith / Walter: Jus (Balance Point Acoustics)
Label: Balance Point Acoustics    
Released in: USA    

"[...] while the instrumentation - clarinets, guitar, bass and lloopp and percussion - on Jus may appear more overtly European, the sonic results are as all-American as the microtonal electro-acoustic experiments that have taken place in Northern California since in the early 1960s. Not only that, but Smith, (with guitarist Henry Kaiser) guitarist Ava Mendoza, (with band leader Moe! Staiano) and hyperactive drummer Weasel Walter (with just about everyone) have also been known to play high-velocity rock music as well as more delicate sonic expressions. Additionally, the Ab, Bb, bass and contrabass clarinet improvisations of Lindsay - a long-time Smith-associate - are fully in the tradition of other West Coast reed polymaths such as John Carter, Jimmy Giuffre and Vinny Golia.

More overtly, tapestries of microtonal and adumbrating silences are woven into many of the tracks on Jus. "Quadrophobia" for instance, which unrolls at a pace slower than largo, revels in atonal peeping and chromatic probes from the clarinetist, tick-tock drum pacing and shattering wood-block smacks and blurry electronic looped passages. Eventually as the rasgueado guitar work and intermittent string plucks subside, the tune's ultimate variant contrasts pure air currents with strident clarinet pops and wind-tunnel puffs that could arise from Walter's bagpipe-chanter or Smith's col legno bass strokes. Overcoming a variety of unconnected timbral movements and reed tongue stops, "Winter Lights" is similarly sonically diffuse. As the growling undertow from the contrabass clarinet remains almost static, a sequence of pitch-sliding string movements takes centrestage. Adagio in tempo, Mendoza's finger-styled picks and multi effects link up with Smith's seminal string shaking and Walter's rolls, pops and drags until the interface fades into intermittent silences. [...]"-Ken Waxman

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West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
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Product Information:

UPC: 820637055422

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Catalog ID: bpa013
Squidco Product Code: 15197

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded October 21st, 2007 by Scott R. Looney at 1510 8th St. Performance Space, Oakland, CA.


Jacob Lindsay-Ab clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet

Ava Mendoza-electric guitar

Damon Smith-7-string ergo-bass, lloopp

Weasel Walter-drums, percussion, bagpipe chanter

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Track Listing:

1. American Current 10:26

2. Translucency 7:26

3. Quadrophobia 13:51

4. Blown Out 6:53

5. Discrete Flavor Symmetry 8:26

6. Winter Light 13:02