The trio of myself, Andy Guthrie and Richard Kamerman present this new enough recording on Copy For Your Records.
Here’s what Brian Olewnick has to say about our latest missive:
An unexpected point of reference surfaced in my head while listening to this altogether wonderful new recording by Billy Gomberg (synthesizers), Andy Guthrie (French horn, preparations) and Richard Kamerman (drums, junk, YouTube, Deicide)–I found myself thinking of work done by the pre-Don Moye Art Ensemble, music from 1968-69 in which there’s (to my mind, anyway) a somewhat similar physicality and sense of space. Guthrie’s horn takes on Bowie’s role (about nine minutes into the second cut, she gives vent to a couple of startlingly Bowie-esque bleats), Gomberg perhaps Jarman (even some deep log drum echoes late on the first track!) and Kamerman a combo of Mitchell and Favors on “little instruments” (I can imagine the earlier group using YouTube and even Deicide were they available then). I take it for granted, of course, that nothing of the sort occupied the minds of these three musicians, that’s it’s just a function of this aging listener…Long tones of multiple kind, electronic and horn-generated, the latter sometimes strangled but always poignant, arrayed among a beautifully full yet spacious clatter, the three pieces sustained very ably, never over-meandering. There’s a wealth of great stuff here–repeated surprise as one delightful passage after another surfaces, unexpected but making sense in hindsight. Gomberg’s sensuous tendencies on synth are accommodated here more fully than I’ve heard before, not by simply an opposing stance taken by, say, Kamerman, but by choosing sounds that give those lush layers more weight, even if that element is (I take it) a YouTube instructional video on drawing a rabbit. Needless to say, the same works in reverse and more with Guthrie threading between and above. Roscoe Mitchell meets AMM may be overselling things but this marvelous session does hint at something new, even as it evokes something old. Great work, very exciting.
Billy Gomberg : synthesizers
Andy Guthrie : French horn, preparations
Richard Kamerman : Drums, junk, YouTube, Deicide
Yes, he keeps his neighbors in the bathroom
And they are made of grapes
Two ways to make a basic rabbit
glass-mastered CDs in full color digipacks
edition of 200 copies