"Unauthorized Recordings" CDR
Genres: avant-garde, experimental, free improv
Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Jan 19 - 25 2004
in 1999, these "Unauthorized Recordings" feature no
bad girls, but rather free improv fiends Mike Khoury (violin), Wade
Kergan (clarinet, sax, electronics), and Ben Bracken
(guitar, electronics). For listeners other than those deeply
into avant-garde music and free jazz, there will be little here of
interest; it is clear these six compositions, three of which last well
over ten minutes, are strictly for genre faithfuls.
The best moment on this album, in my opinion, is the
self-explanatory "Incidental Music (Mix #2)." It takes
a field recording of someone walking around, doing things, and then
uses acoustic instruments and electronics to transform it into an
engaging, surprisingly moody composition. Also impressive is the
dark "Impressions of a Filthy Naked Hippy," which sees Kergan
at his best, creating a cacophonic wall of sound to go with the
track's powerful ambiance.
Authorized or not, Bad Girls' Unauthorized Recordings
is a fine piece of improvised music that should appeal to most free
jazz enthusiasts. Though Khoury's contributions are
disappointingly low-key, there is still much here to be enjoyed.
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]