William Carlos Williams

Collection Plate

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William Carlos Williams is an outfit of saxophone, guitars, bass, and drums out to "challenge the norm." While it is easy to assail and reduce even powerful edifices, it takes real talent to create something from the loose stones that is worthy of equal or greater admiration. Tracks like the opener "Kenny Delivers" are suitably sonic portraits of chaos for, say, a nightmare scene in a low-budget movie. The songs here, however, do not show WCW beholden to their desired "avant-jazz" label. On Lester Bowie's "Zero" and their original, brooding-ambient "Pineroot" they show a more thoughtful side, but hardly the invention that deserves great recognition. Collection Plate sounds more focussed than their previous White Women, but still rife with the sound of an aspiring band jamming in the hopes that unfettered improvisation will lead them to capture a vision in their dual inspirations of rock and free jazz.

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