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 27Jul 20Jul 6Jun 29Jun 22Jun 15Jun 8

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