(Quick Take) Andrea Valle- Cortège d’Alsaxy
Composer and electric bass player Andrea Valle’s Cortège d’Alsaxy (off Southampton, England’s The Silent Howl) offers some seriously rambunctious European free-jazz… no overly-intellectual trepidation and collar-wringing included or allowed! The six pieces arranged here were originally commissioned as the soundtrack to the ALSAXY interactive installation in Strasbourg, France: a procession through six blocks of the Hautepierre district of Strasbourg. With the snarl (definitely a snarl) of Carlo Barbagallo’s electric guitar ever present and Dario Bruna’s thrashing, pulverizing drums easily bringing to mind Chris Cutler at his most punishing, Valle’s compositions would hold a strong attraction to free jazz fans who like to dally on the avant-rock side of things. It’s short, sweet, and hits hard. And it’s most definitely worth your time.
Conjoining Currents: Free jazz, RIO, Fusion, Fire!
Label: The Silent Howl