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Fernandez, Agusti/Peter Kowald / Sea Of Lead
Album:Sea Of Lead Collection:Jazz
Artist:Fernandez, Agusti/Peter Kowald Added:02/2006
Label:Hopscotch Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-04-30 Pull Date:2006-07-02 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:2 Jul28 May14 May7 May

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 30, 2006:Memory Select
Sea Of Lead Part 6
4.May 09, 2006:Umami Jazz Program
2.Jun 29, 2006:Cognitive Overload
Sea Of Lead Part 6
5.May 05, 2006:Memory Select
3.May 23, 2006:Umami Jazz Program
Sea Of Lead Part 1
6.May 04, 2006:Baptism of Solitude

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-04-27 
Improv duets between pianist Fernandez and late bassist Kowald. Lots of nonmusical sounds: scratchy or squeaky bass strings, or plucking/pounding of the piano strings. Abstract stuff that varies between placid and dark.

Hailing from Germany, Kowald was a well respected figure in improv circles. Our library includes a nice trio session he did with Gino Robair (drums) and Miya Masaoka (koto) locally -- it's under Kowald/Masaoka/Robair, title "Illuminations," on the Rastascan label. It's one of several great albums we have involving Kowald -- do check it out.

1- Fast groany bass, mid/fast clatter
2- Wailing swirl. Then calmly dissonant screeches
3- Slow, industrial clangs and groans
4- Quiet rubber-band bass
5- Quiet but fast. Squeaks and flutters.
6- Harsh pounding/squeaks, then a mid/fast musical duet
7- Pensive mid/slow, played "straight" (i.e. mostly normal music)
8- Fast, w/nice pitter-patter piano interlude that I think quotes Cecil Taylor
9- Brisk, mid/fast, almost jazzy in a spiky-aggressive way
10- Dark and dramatic, with some throat singing from Kowald (yes, he was schooled in Tuvan throat singing)
11- Sparse clatter: Low twang of piano strings getting bashed.

Track Listing
1.Sea Of Lead Part 1 6.Sea Of Lead Part 6
2.Sea Of Lead Part 2 7.Sea Of Lead Part 7
3.Sea Of Lead Part 3 8.Rhizomes
4.Sea Of Lead Part 4 9.Tendrils
5.Sea Of Lead Part 5 10.Three Voices
 11.Kowald's Dream