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* Jerry Granelli V16 — “Unnamed” — Vancouver ’08 (Songlines, 2009) … Had to play something from Vancouver to commemorate the Olympics opening, and this one did the trick nicely. The album is another set of what you might call avant-blues, a rock-influenced jazz with rock/blues guitars up front but a penchant for jazzlike composing. Some tracks, like this one, even get pretty far out there in terms of free soloing, but the guitars stick to blues-club sounds, as opposed to jazz guitar. It’s got punch. Plenty of grooves and sweat involved here.
* Matthew Welch — “Bagpipe Quintet” — Luminosity (Porter, 2009) … As threatened, I played the five-bagpipe composition from Welch, warning listeners ahead of time that the sound can get shrill. See, when we, the DJs, preview the next sets of music we’re going to play, we can listen to it on “cue” speakers — which, in our case, happen to be cheap but resilient little things. The sound is tinny. When you’ve got five bagpipes hitting those high notes, it’s really tinny. Anyway, the piece is only four minutes long and turns out to be less grating when heard through decent speakers. It’s in a droney mode, with some interesting slow ostinato patterns that crop up.
* Helmut Lachemann — “Grido” [excerpt] — Streichquartette (Kairos, 2009) … I followed Welch with some harshness from the Arditti String Quartet, although this piece quickly settles into a busy and low-volume level of activity. Lachemann, we’re told, is very highly for his post-tonal work. The CD consists of three quartet pieces, all about 20 minutes long.