Spring Heel Jack / Live
Album: Live   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Spring Heel Jack   Added:May 2003
Label:Thirsty Ear Communication  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-06-02 Pull Date: 2003-08-04 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 27 Jul 20 Jul 6 Jun 29 Jun 22 Jun 15 Jun 8
Airplays: 3 1 3 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 30, 2003: Civil Society
Part 2
4. Jul 22, 2003: lick my moody guitar show
Part 2
2. Jul 25, 2003: Memory Select
Part 2
5. Jul 18, 2003: Memory Select
Part 1
3. Jul 23, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
Part 1
6. Jul 02, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
Part 1

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-06-04
Once again, the duo of Spring Heel Jack teams up with an all-star lineup of avant-jazzsters, this time for two 30-minute jams. It's got a rock/fusion feel, with Matthew Shipp playing electric piano and J Spaceman contributing guitar bursts... but there's plenty of jazziness from Evan and William Parker too. The group manages to nail some big dramatic moments in each of the pieces -- very cool stuff.

1- Almost proggy jam, starts with guitar burst and electric-piano splashes. Develops a good intensity within 5 minutes.

A quiet period starts around -27:00, then everything kicks back in around -22:00 with a fiercer jam, and slashing sax from Evan Parker.

At -18:30 starts a placid segment with electronic paper-crunching sounds.

By -8:00, it's gone back to a chaotic attack, and ends in calm psychedelic territory.

2- Fast William Parker/Han Bennik duo to start.

After -32:00, a sudden shift into an explosion of noise. Then a calmer overall improv jam with a bit of a swing.

It halts around -21:00. Audience applause.

Then the music re-emerges: Second half is slow and dramatic and BIG, lots of burning guitar topped by Evan Parker's trademark circular breathing.


Track 1 breakdown info, provided by Thirsty Ear:

0:00 to 7:10 ..... sci-fi free jazz
7:00 to 11:25 ..... very mellow
11:30 to 17:10 ..... a bit funky at times, gets intense
17:20 to 24:30 or 27:30 ..... a very beautiful section moving back into sci-fi free jazz
27:25 to END ..... opens with a walking line from William Parker, becomes ballad-like

Track Listing
1. Part 1   2. Part 2