Konx

Conjunxtion

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This set, mostly recorded in January of 2000, is another of saxophonist Robert Cheatham's Konx projects. While track one, "Slag," features the illustriously weird and wonderful Monika Weiss on vocals and was recorded in 1998, the remainder of the album's ten selections is divided between the traditional Konx trio of Cheatham with drummer Bryan Felden and Richard Gess on guitar and bass; Jeff McLeod guests as a second guitarist on the final five tracks. What it adds up to is perhaps the most abstract of the Konx recordings, focused more on the integration of all the voices of the instrumentalists than on actual ideas of arrangement or architecture. What saves the disc from being purely chaotic is Cheatham's keen sense of dynamics and his willingness to push for them in any mix. The final five tracks with McLeod enter a kind of rhythmic formalism in the same way Tom Waits' later records do, particularly Bone Machine. There are dark textures and shifting meters, but they are held in place long enough by the knotty guitars and basses so that Cheatham or McLeod can solo through the middle of the fray. The most notable tracks here are the aforementioned "Slag" and "Cataract."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:39
2
6:25
3
4:46
4
4:21
5
2:46
6
6:42
7
7:32
8
4:09
9
7:58
10
6:18
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