PAUL FLAHERTY
Whirl of Nothingness

[Family Vineyard, www.family-vineyard.com]

Though he's toiled in relative obscurity for decades, spending his time playing on the streets of his Connecticut hometown and painting houses during the day, saxophonist Paul Flaherty has over the last few years finally broken out of his shell. People have started to notice this man's playing. The release of "Voices" a few years back afforded the general populace a glimpse into this madman's world. "Whirl of Nothingness" goes above and beyond the call of duty. Flaherty unleashes eight new pieces played exclusively on alto and tenor. These "spontaneous improvisations" as they're called are played with precise messiness and an absolute abhorrence of any rules. One rule that is put in place is to let the imagination and a sense of freedom run wild. Flaherty reminds me of a somewhat cleaner Ayler or a messier David Murray from the 70's. His tenor sound is robust and commanding, while his attack with the alto is equally squelching. Check out the abandoned alto soloing on "Sweetly Danced in Times of Hurtful Pleasure" for proof there is hope for this instrument yet. You'd think an hour is an excessive amount of time to spend with a solo sax record, but that's where you're wrong. Flaherty throws in enough curves and interesting ideas in here to make proceedings worthwhile.
By any sense of the word, this isn't dangerous music, nor is it something that is considered ground-breaking. Brotzmann has done solo sax records that were equally good a few decades back. The truth remains, very few people are able to articulate the sort of unbridled passion and sense of abandon that Flaherty does on this session.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ The Beauty Room - The Beauty Room
+ Louie Austen - Iguana
+ Split EP 3
+ Brak - Brak
+ Cassius - 15 Again
+ Conjoint - A Few Empty Chairs
+ Contemporary Household - She Said
+ Contriva - Separate Chambers
+ Housemeister - Enlarge Your Dose
+ Michael Mayer - Immer 2
+ Isolee - Hermelin/Ermine
+ Hanno Leichtmann - Nuit Du Plomb
+ The Mars Volta - Amputechture
+ Milosh - Meme
+ Morgentau - Sunrise
+ My My - Songs For The Gentle
+ 4 Women No Cry - Vol. 2
+ Older - Inside Of The Tears
+ Phage & Daniel Dreier - Beeswax
+ The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
+ Reynold - My Favorite Film
+ DJ Shadow - The Outsider
+ Fat Jon & Styrofoam - The Same Channel
+ Transmission - Beyond Light
+ Transit Kings - Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon - Works In The Mix
+ Unknownmix - The Siren
+ Marshall Watson - Math And Other Word Problems
+ Paul Wirkus - Deformation Profesionnelle
+ ZokZok - Sieben
+ Jesu - Silver
+ Sao Paulo Underground - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
+ Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - The Exchange Session vol. 1
+ Hervé Boghossian w/ John Tilbury & Mark Wastell - Archi.Texture Vol.1
+ Wade Matthews/Ingar Zach - Mørke - Lys
+ Keith Rowe/Mark Wastell - Confront Performance Series 02
+ Eugene Carchesio & Leighton Craig - Leaves
+ Diane Cluck - Monarcana
+ Z'EV - Rhythmajik
+ Hati - Recycled Magick Soundsystem: Live
+ Aidan Baker - The Sea Swells a Bit
+ Troum/Martyn Bates - To a Child Dancing in the Winds
+ Le Forbici di Manitu - Tagliare
+ August Born - August Born
+ V.A. - Not Alone

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+ DEREK BAILEY - To Play
+ Frédéric Blondy / Le Quan Ninh - Exaltatio Utriesque Mundi
+ GRIZZLY BEAR - Yellow House
+ DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET - Some Trees
+ RASHIM - Suns.Shadows
+ RAFAEL TORAL - Space
>> PAUL FLAHERTY - Whirl of Nothingness
+ THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - BalladWare
+ BOB MEYER - All This is That
+ MINIMUM CHIPS - Lady Grey
+ ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - Stuffed With/Out
+ SUSANNA AND THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA - Melody Mountain
+ SMUTNY - Telehors
+ MYLES BOISEN & JON RASKIN - Music + One
+ V.A. - Tone 25
+ KK NULL / DANIEL MENCHE - Raijin
+ MIRROR - Still Valley
+ ZOMBIE - Digitalis
+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - The Eighth
+ LOUIE AUSTEN - Iguana
+ V.A. - Brazilian Beat Brooklyn

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Lubimy eksperymentować - rozmowa z Digital Factor - Mike Langer'em
+ I am oldschool! - rozmowa z Housemeister'em
+ In my blood - wywiad z Michael'em Mayer'em