Something Else

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Deliciously subversive and exquisitely conceived, this trio of Simon H. Fell on bass, Mike Beck on tenor saxophone, and Paul Hession on drums spurts, sputters, and rocks with unmitigated zeal. Recorded from bits of a concert tour, the poor sound quality detracts only slightly from some amazing free improvisation, remarkable as much for its diversity as for its virtuosity and occasional humor. These fellows can swing now and then, and harbor sophisticated notions of abstraction, too, but Beck is most comfortable when launching his frequent tirades of blistering sound. The Ayler influence emerges but Beck also sports his own subtle voice. Fell is a percussive player, who barely masks a more sensitive side, while Hession can blow the house with power, or alternatively turn down the juice, if necessary. As a group, they mesh.

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