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Hinds/Palmer/Stagner: A.S.A.P. Wings

Also known as The Shaking Ray Levis, A.S.A.P. Wings is the first release from the improvisational trio of Killick Erik Hinds (h'arpeggione), Dennis Palmer (synth, moog and samples) and Bob Stagner (drums and found objects). They have performed with the likes of such musical heavyweights as John Zorn, Fred Firth and the late Derek Bailey to name just a few over the course of their career and this fantastic disc of improvised music was captured live at Eyedrum in Atlanta last year. The music performed here is pretty difficult to categorize as all sorts of sounds and styles get thrown into their veritable melting pot but it all makes for an extremely rewarding listening experience. Hinds gets some terrific sounds out of his h'arpeggione which is a cello like, upright acoustic instrument with twelve strings. Likewise both Palmer with his hillbilly vocal delivery and assorted electronic textures and Stagner with his contributions behind the kit provide plenty of fireworks as well. Bordering at times on becoming one big discordant nightmare, the music constantly teeters on the edge of impending collapse yet the trio always manages to rein things in just in time. It must be fascinating and extremely liberating to be able to walk the musical tightrope without any trepidation as well as they do here and A.S.A.P. Wings conveys this message loud and clear to the listener. The cover of "Red Rider" by The Residents adds a nice touch to what ultimately is a very enriching and daring set of music.

Track Listing
1) Shrimp Britches' Krystal
2) Insects & Bacon Legs
3) Bushy Briers
4) Dog Descending
5) Red Rider
6) Fun On A Cloud

Added: May 20th 2007
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Solponticello
Hits: 2055
Language: english

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