Loren Mazzacane Connors / Loren Connors

Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell!

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As discographers struggle to track the enormous output of this avant-garde blues guitarist, this foray into solo guitar playing must be noted as an extraordinary addition. As a guitarist who began in a tough independent world in the early '80s with a series of acoustic blues improvisations under the pseudonym Guitar Roberts, he established a style which would progress into a distinctive electric style that was simply gorgeous: a study of miniature reductions which expanded upon blues motifs in a way that rendered them almost transparent echoes of pure minimalism. Hell's Kitchen Park is exemplary of this musical phase, and the inferno crops up again as a theme on this CD. The tranquility of the older recordings gives way to a much heavier feedback style, summarizing the esteemed status he has with fans Sonic Youth and Keiji Haino -- no less, in one grand sweep. Hell ! Hell! Hell! mimics flames in its voluminous feedback-drenched guitar and is certainly one of the more aggressive releases in his catalog. The variation of moods in his recordings does not overshadow his distinctive string-bending and tremolo arcs that are a strong signature in all of his recordings -- as is his ability to identify the conclusion of an improvisation. Like many of his recordings, this album is pared down into short edits of his finest statements of the day. Strikingly, this album touches on psychedelic territory, the kind of fuzz guitar storms more common in the work of Bardot Bond or Roy Montgomery.

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