Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Paul Dunmall/Chris Corsano
Identical Sunsets

ESP Disk 4058


Raging free jazz duo blat from saxophonist Paul Dunmall (here doubling on border pipes) and drummer Chris Corsano, marking Corsano’s first –fated! - appearance on ESP Disk. Following in the tradition of ESP’s first classic free jazz run, Identical Sunsets is an ass-blasting high energy side. The title track is a particular monster, with Dunmall’s ululating border pipes conjuring the ghost of Albert Ayler’s bagpipes with psychedelic overtones and raw folk passion. Corsano is, of course, amazing. One of the first releases from the revived ESP Disk that feels worthy of the label. Highly recommended. 

Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash
Monster Club

Foghorn Records FGCD-010


New self-released CD on saxophonist Tony Bevan’s label documenting a wild free jazz trio that pits Bevan on soprano, tenor and bass saxophones against drummer Chris Corsano and bassist Dominic Lash. This is an explosive set, one that owes more to the classic fire music modes of post-Coltrane improvisation than the dry stylings of the Steve Noble set. Bevan’s command of the instrument is staggering, blowing chunky, luminous lines that are full of mystery and atmosphere before cascading through the instrument’s most phantom registers, taking long, vocalised solos that push the extreme style of the Reverend Frank Wright into almost Urabe-esque territories. Bassist Lash blends beautifully with Bevan’s ferocious/melodic style while Corsano provides the bulk of the acceleration, pushing the group into the kind of aggressive vectors usually inaccessible to UK improvisers. Fantastic and highly recommended.

Heather Leigh

Golden Lab Records ROWF-48


Stunning new amp-destroying solo pedal steel album from Heather Leigh: in the tradition of classics of the form like Fushitsusha’s The Caution Appears, the recording for Nightingale was so intense that it left no room for vocals whatsoever, and as such it stands as the premier document of the outer reaches of free pedal steel instrumentalism ever bled to wax. Recorded in Mono, direct to tape, the sounds has a dense, grainy, overloaded aspect that touches on Terry Riley’s tape-trance works while mainlining the guitar smashing part of Jimi Hendrix and pushing further into the free metal/third ear soundings that Leigh minted in collaboration with Stefan Jaworzyn as part of their Annihilating Light duo. Clusters of Takayanagi-scale tone violence flash in dense, gridlocked signatures of pure psychedelic overload, with obsessive, microtone thick motifs repeated to the point of oblivion and a raging country-billy feel that exceeds a fantasy Nanjo-produced Akiyama/Flynt summit in terms of the sound of true American Primitive. In the lineage of Sonny Sharrock, Rudolph Grey, Donald Miller and Keiji Haino, Nightingale may just be the heaviest slice of female ever channelled via savagely protesting strings and lays down a whole new now for the future of guitar as guitar. You never heard such sounds. Comes in a dazzling glammed up Richter-style sleeve with silver on black printing, edition of only 250 copies, won’t hang around for long, so make your move! Very highly recommended, naturally!