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Weston Olencki, Anna Webber

Several (Tape)

Label: Astral Spirits

Format: Tape

Genre: Experimental

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*200 copies limited release* "Needless to say, anything new from saxophonist / composer Anna Webber raises an eyebrow or two. Her works for large and small ensembles exhibit a knotty sophistication that can be compared to that of Anthony Braxton. Here, she teams with experimental multi-instrumentalist Weston Olencki for just over 32 minutes of sax / trombone outside improv.

Several comes across more in the established style of Olencki than that of Webber. While there are a number of contrapuntal staccato passages, the focus is on fluttering and bent notes, gritty chordings, and guttural extended techniques. Rather than concentrating on traditional musical qualities, this duo explores texture and colors as they coax a full range of sounds from their respective instruments. Thus, airy blowing is coupled with clicks and pops, while sculpted boiling gives way to the rattle of keys. There is both a seriousness as well as a “let’s throw some ideas out there” approach to this album that gives it a rough-hewn but purposeful charm." - AMN

Cat. number: AS222
Year: 2023