The first of a projected series of solo releases by Chicago improviser, teacher, and journalist John Corbett. Corbett has been a hugely influential force in the left end of the musical spectrum for past 15 years – and has had an influence as promoter, player, and writer that has spread well on both sides of the Atlantic. This set is billed as the "first panel in the heavy friends triptych", and features Corbett with "Heavy Friends" (ala Lord Sutch) like David Grubbs, Mats Gustafsson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Lou Mallozzi, Teri Kabsalis, Jeb Bishop, and Jane Baxter Miller. In some cases, the work of the individual players is a bit oblique – as Corbett fronts the whole project from the mixing board, and incorporates much of the musical performance into a larger tapestry of shades and influences. At others, though, they are crystal clear – as on the two tracks in which Terri Kapsalis and Jane Baxter-Miller contribute haunting vocal renditions of "Cold Sweat" and "Wee Small Hours Of The Morning", both of which completely transform the songs. Other titles include "1 of 1", "Speed
Hump", "The Silent Treatment", and "Ready Kilowatt". Very nice stuff overall, and there's a lot more going on that we can hope to mention!
(Out of print.)