A beautiful book-length prose poem from DavidGrubbs – an artist that some know as a musician, some as a singer, and some as a writer for his previous essential volume on improvised music! The book is very narrative – and tells this dream-like story of a musician faced with the need to figure out and assemble an instrument in front of a crowd of waiting listeners – who themselves get roped into the action as the story moves on – all in a way that almost reminds us of the Little Nemo In Slumberland work from Windsor MacKay! The writing is wonderful – and balances moments of action with passages of reflection – all while examining the relationship between musician and listener, in a way that's as eminently readable as it is theoretical – and is maybe a secret look at the nightmares that all performers must get as the years go by. The wit of Grubbs' lyrics come through beautifully in the writing – and like the artist himself, the book is as down to earth as it is filled with new ideas and pathways for continuous creative activity! 142 pages, softcover. Book
Manuel Mota & DavidGrubbs —
Lacrau ... LP Blue Chopsticks/Drag City, 2018. Sealed ...
An engaging electric guitar duo set from Portuguese experimentalist Manuel Mota and the ever-adventurous DavidGrubbs! There's a kind of gentle confidence to the interplay here, and a way of letting the rawest little touches resonate and bounce off each other that's really impressive, and engaging the whole way. A nice little triumph of spontaneity and mood we'll come back to again and again! Includes "Eira", "Nucleo Do Dia", "Molhe", "Aperto De Mao" and longer closer "Vigario". LP, Vinyl record album
DavidGrubbs/Mats Gustafsson/Rob Mazurek —
Underflow ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy ...
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A fantastic meeting of the musical minds – coming together here in a set of live improvisations recorded at a record store in Greece! The setting's an unusual one, and the music is too – sounds that really move past the usual for all three players, but especially DavidGrubbs and Mats Gustafsson – both of whom seem very comfortable here in some of the sonic territory that we normally hear more from Rob Mazurek! Grubbs' guitar is quite different than on some of his own records – especially the solo acoustic moments – and Mats reminds us that he's not just a hell of a saxophonist, but also a master of many other ways to disturb the flow of air – delivering work here on flute, fluteophone, and live electronics – the last of which is matched with more electronics from Rob Mazurek, who also plays piccolo trumpet and wood flute too. Every song has a different shape and texture, which is a further testament to both the sensitivities of the musicians, and their sympathies with each other – and titles include "Not In A Hall Of Mirrors", "Creep Mission", "City Stones Sleep", and "Goats & Hollers". CD