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Walter / Halvorson / Evans / Mechanical Malfunction
Album:Mechanical Malfunction Collection:Jazz
Artist:Walter / Halvorson / Evans Added:11/2012
Label:Thirsty Ear Communication 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2012-11-18 
WALTER / HALVORSON / EVANS: Mechanical Malfunction
Thirsty Ear, 2012

AVANT-GARDE – The title sums it up nicely. This is noisy, gritty, very weird music from three kickass improvisers: Weasel Walter (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar), and Peter Evans (trumpet). They make a great trio, full of unexpected sounds. The recurring theme here is one of those creepy toy monkeys that bang two cymbals together.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 6, 7, 9

1. 4:24 – relaxed and lumpy, very cool percussion; long tones & little scribbles
2. 5:02 – abrupt, uptempo freakout with smashing guitar, brief open scrambles
3. 5:03 – slow pace, falls into quiet, open improv space, one big crunchy bit
4. 4:10 – percolating: something/s wrong with my robot, turns quiet/prodding
5. 4:41 – strange fanfare, steady beat falls apart, 3-way improv w/electronics
6. 6:37 – repetitive: insistent spinning, trumpet blats, rhythm made of silence
7. 3:29 – quick tempo and scrambly trumpet/drums over broken guitar noises
8. 11:18 – long piece incorporating all the bits: big scratchy blasts, several broken-gear patterns, great glitchy guitar, grating solo trumpet
9. 5:08 – slow and a bit creepy: weird guitar patterns, falls apart at end
10. 4:18 – slow-ish and abstract with unsettling rising tension/madness

[ Fo ] - 18 November 2012

Track Listing
1.Baring Teeth 6.Malfunction
2.Vektor 7.Organ Grinder
3.Broken Toy 8.Interface
4.Klockwork 9.The Last Monkey On Earth
5.Freezing 10.Bulging Eyes