W.O.O. Revelator

Notes on What's What

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W.O.O. Revelator is a trio of improvisers led by saxophonist and electronics whiz Bonnie Kane; drummer Ray Sage and electric guitarist Chris Forsyth accompany her. This set was recorded live over four different shows at ABC No Rio in New York and is as over-the-top as a free improv record can be. There are no subtleties in the band's approach; it is all in-your-face, driving, raucous improvisation where players gather ideas from one another in the midst of the maelstrom and move to extend them indefinitely, or at least until Ms. Kane -- with her squalling, atonal countenance that invokes Albert Ayler regularly -- has decided a piece has gone on long enough. While there are moments here that are truly sublime, where a kind of unknowing near-spiritualism is encountered by the trio and imparted to the listener, more often than not over these eight selections continuity is lost, broken in the separation in energy from gig to gig, and therefore it becomes wearying and tedious to keep up with the movement of a band who isn't -- in that this is a static document. It's too bad. It would be wonderful to catch this band live for an entire set where the energy flow is continuous and fluid. Offered this way, the portrait of W.O.O. Revelator is distorted and incomplete.

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