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Escalante, Martin / Tete Leguia / Weasel Walter: Katyusha (ugEXPLODE)

An aggressive album of ballistic free improvisation recorded live at Seizures Palace, in Brooklyn in 2021 from the trio of Martin Escalante on saxophone, Tete Leguia on bass guitar and Weasel Walter on drums, three tracks of sax multiphonics, altissimo shrieks and subtones, bass feedback, magnetic field disruption, found objects, and distortion and high impact drumming.

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Label: ugEXPLODE
Catalog ID: ug84
Squidco Product Code: 31768

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Seizures Palace, in Brooklyn, New York, on September 27th, 2021, by Jason LaFarge.


Martin Escalante-saxophone

Tete Leguia-bass guitar

Weasel Walter-drums

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Born in Lakewood in the US, Martín Escalante is a photographer, film maker and self taught musician. In 2012 he founded Sploosh Records, publishing various solo and collaborative works. Escalante is associated with Lasse Marhaug's Best Studio in Oslo, where he recorded the soundtrack for his brother Amat Escalante's film The Untamed.

-Squidco 12/2/2022

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"Teté Leguía (Lima, 1985) has been playing music most of his life. Started jamming funk tunes with some friends in a basement, that quickly lead to free improv and noise. Very active in the Peruvian experimental scene as a solo improviser and collaborator. Has been a member of Tanuki Metal Futari Plus 1, Liquidarlo Celuloide and Trio Nuna. Studied composition at the National Conservatory of Perú. Runs a free improvisation cycle of concerts called "Minutos para el fin" that occur twice a month in Lima and plays frequently with his pop band "Gomas". In June he is going to be on a tour with Martin Escalante presenting their duo album that they recorded in Oslo's Best Studio of Lasse Marhaug. "

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"Weasel Walter (real name Walter Wyzowski) is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with a current member of Cellular Chaos and Behold...The Arctopus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating a body of music drawing equally from no wave, death metal, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he formed the latest of many Luttenbachers lineups, remaining on percussion with the addition of bassist Mike Green (Burmese), and virtuoso guitarist Ed Rodriguez (ex-Colossamite, Gorge Trio). Singular guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Krallice, Octis, Orthrelm) joined the group in 2005. The Flying Luttenbachers ceased to operate in late 2007. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band Behold... The Arctopus on drums and will be writing "new, more extreme material from scratch." He also formed Cellular Chaos with Marc Edwards (drummer), Admiral Grey and Ceci Moss."

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track listing:

1. On Pale And Drunken Asses (They All Go To The Hospital) 14:43

2. Denuding Chained Wounds 10:56

3. Castles Of Helical Hands 23:11
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"This isn't your grandfather's free jazz. Hell, it probably isn't free jazz at all, but you have to call it something. Katyusha is ballistic fire music that starts where the most berserk, intense free music begins and then sustains that, then pushes it further. Blood vessel bursting intensity, stamina, speed, and momentum is here in blinding quantities, all the while retaining lightning fast interaction. No dull roar, the densities and dynamics do vary, but there is never a dull moment or coasting. No melodies, no beats, no ballads, no mid tempos, no diffuse gestures, this release by an international crew of warlocks pushes instrumental technique to new extremes.

Saxophonist Martín Escalante is a singular stylist, wrenching scathing fusillades of sound from his instrument in a one-man orchestra of multiphonics, altissimo shrieks, subtones, and screaming. His tone here is unamplified and unfiltered - he conjures these hellish sounds acoustically through sheer force and determination.

Bassist Teté Leguía wantonly deconstructs bass playing in a low-tech manner utilizing feedback, magnetic field disruption, found objects, and distortion. He lays down a thick excoriating, wooly canvas for the other two to puncture and rend, goading them to higher peaks.

Drummer Weasel Walter is known for his unrelenting momentum, and this performance finds him in peak form. Where legendary musicians like Rashied Ali and Tony Oxley pushed free drumming to new vistas of articulation and activity, WW cranks that intrepid mania up another bunch of notches, whipping up an absolutely merciless tornado of tightly coiled percussive activity (or well chosen silence, in some cases).

This shit sounds like a "Machine Gun" era Brotzmann or Milford Graves' "Babi" played on 78 instead of 33. Admit it. Masayuki Takayangi might have been proud. This is true energy music for the 21st Century, not looking backwards for a single second. The trio of Escalante, Leguía, and Walter throw down a goddamn hair-raising gauntlet for extreme free music. Love it or hate it, but admit there's nothing quite like it."-ugEXPLODE

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