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Joshua Massad, Dylan Aycock

Two Improvisations (LP)

Label: Scissor Tail

Format: LP

Genre: Folk

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*250 copies limited edition* "The first full length LP by Joshua Massad and Dylan Aycock. Massad is a tabla player living in India and studying under Zakir Hussain. Massad and Aycock came together in Tulsa to record these improvisations live at the legendary Church Studio which was founded by Leon Russell in the 70's. Over a few nights they captured some moments in the studio before it came under new ownership and just before Joshua moved to India.

Aycock improvising on 12-string with Massad accompanying tabla & sitar. A flowing river of sound, a meeting of the minds. The little touches that Dylan’s brother Jesse Aycock adds (bits of synth) really sweeten the deal as well. Track two recorded in Leon Russell’s legendary Church Studio." - Aquarium Drunkard 

"The raga is a platonic ideal for the guitarists who founded the “Takoma school” and those who have followed in their wake while either donning or forswearing the American Primitive mantel. It’s a form to be aspired to, but not necessarily achieved. Some have delved deep into Hindustani and Carnatic music while acknowledging that they’ll never learn enough to master the tradition, and others have just appended the word “raga” to a song title and maybe recruited someone to drum along on some tablas.

Joshua Massad and Dylan Aycock have enough study between them to know how far from the formal mark the music on Two Improvisations lands. Aycock’s previous recordings under his own name and as Talk West attest to his grasp of guitar lore. And Massad, who splits his time between Oklahoma and India, has spent time studying with tabla master Zakir Hussain. They’ve previously recorded one ultra-limited cassette, but this album is their first vinyl release. Its unemphatic title tells you what they did to make the music, but not how uplifting that music is." - Magnet Magazine

Cat. number: ST65
Year: 2024
Limited to 250 Side A recorded at the home of Marlin and Anitra Lavanhar. Side B recorded at The Church Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Runouts are etched.