roar 05 LP
** no copies left here -- try ordering from Tedium House (USA) or A-Musik (Europe)
also available via iTunes
On a hot Minneapolis night in the summer of 2001, the legendary avant/jazz
group Curlew played a scorching gig at the now-defunct Gus Lucky's
Gallery. Gussie documents that evening: the veteran improvising group
dispensed with their compositions altogether and took an eminently
successful walk along the free-improv tightrope. The ever-evolving
lineup featured George Cartwright (saxophones), Davey Williams (guitar),
Chris Parker (piano), Fred Chalenor (bass), and Bruce Golden (percussion).
A limited edition of 436 copies, with hand-drawn covers by Anne Elias.
Click here for a slideshow of photos from the release party.
"A monster of soul-churned improv snacks... pressed
in fidelity that can only be described as dandy. What a treat." -- Byron Coley, Arthur
"This limited edition LP contains
none of that tight avant-jazz riffing any fan of the band is used
to. That being said, anyone who has witnessed George Cartwright's
group in the flesh knows that free improv is part of their modus operandi...
Once the shock subsides, the intricacy of the playing and the inspiration
of the musicians can percolate." - Francois Couture, All Music
"...shows the group taking chances... Each member
plays with surprising restraint, focusing on the creation of gauzy
electronic textures that stretch in improbable and satisfying ways." - James Beaudreau, One Final Note
"It's a woolly
pile of noise, but listened to in the right frame of mind, very exciting." - Jerome Wilson, Cadence
"Curlew sound in top form as
they scrape, scratch, tinkle and blow their way through a set bulging
with surprises and thrilling moments." - Edwin Pouncey, The Wire