Craig Green – acoustic and electric guitars, electronics | Dave King – drums, percusccion, piano and vibes
Produced by Craig Green, Dave King with Fabrizio Perissinotto. Recorded june 15th at The Terrarium and october 25th at Fur Seal Studios, Minneapolis Minnesota. Engineered by Dusting Miller and Joe Johnson. Mixed by Craig Green and Joel Keyes. Mastered by Maurizio Giannotti at Bips Studio Milano. Thanks: Mike Jones, Joel Keyes, Ellis Drums, Vic Firth, Zildjian, Black Diamond, Teuffel, Jason Orris and special thanks to Fabrizio Perissinotto for making it Shine on! All compositions by Craig Green, Craig J Green Music / BMI and Dave King, Franz Kline in the Dunktank Music / BMI. Artwork by Elena Raffa.
Tracklist: 1. Thin Blue Ice 2. Faux Hawk 3. Part 2 4. Walk Left 5. Rock, Paper, Scissors 6. Cinematic 7. Stand Right 8. Part 3 9. Praise The Shadows 10. Rainey Qunciera 11. Snow Plow 12. Border Town 1929
Eclectic experienced and creative guitar player Craig Green
plus celebrated and critically acclaimed drummer David King (from the Bad Plus and Happy Apple) will release in some months an excting and vibrant duo collaboration on Long Song Records. Totally improvised music in an odd setting (with piano from time to time, played by D.King), electric and also acoustic, working in many moods ranges. sketches of inventiveness and freshness all over. groovey and spacey, physical and ethereal, gentle and stinging. Music coming out of their hands and mind with an almost telepathic empathy, that gives life to true little “compositions”, as if written in advance.
Featuring Craig Green on acoustic & electric guitars, electronics & compositions
and Dave King on drums, percussion, vibes & piano. Although I had not heard of Craig Green before this disc, no doubt many know of the great drummer Dave King from the super-popular Bad Plus and Happy Apple. Starting with “Thin Blue Ice” which features stark piano and distant spooky drones. On “Faux Hawk,” Craig has a dark, sort-of Marc Ducret-like tone with some slow shredding guitar while David plays fine marching, jazz/rock drums. Craig plays some spacy, liquid-sounding guitar sounds on “Part 2″ while David plays some crafty metal percussion. Dave also plays some melodic, bluesy piano on a few of these pieces while Craig plays some superb, subtle jazz guitar. On each piece, both players change their sound or approach so that each piece sounds different. While David plays stark drums on “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Craig switches between acoustic and electric guitars to create different layers or textures. Rubbing the strings, eerie swirls of feedback and harmonics suspended in the air all add a mysterious vibe to this haunting piece. What I dig about this disc is the way both players don’t depend on any obvious melodic cliches but rather create music with focused sounds. Much of this disc has a more cinematic vibe, painting pictures and setting up certain scenes. A long and varied journey to some unexpected places. — Downtown Music Gallery
Dave King is a brave-hearted musician
that can swing sweetly one moment, then quickly erase any notion of slang-a-Lang as he smashes his drum kit to a pulp. As he does in The Bad Plus, King makes defying expectation his mission on this collaboration with guitarist Craig Green. But Green and King don’t simply play guitars, drums and occasional piano; they bang on gongs, trample foot pedals and slide combs against strings. There are multiple paths into this music, which is entirely improvised. It works well in the semi-pastoral “Walk Left” with Green shaking his guitar neck to create glowing, skittering effects, will King plays piano like some son of Thelounious Monk set afire. They cross sentiments and met in lyrical moments. “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is equally fascinating, its martial snare drumming and erie treated piano recall Chinese warlords pillaging a village. King scalds the sense on the speedy “Part 3″ ripping his brushes as Green’s guitar produces menacing tones. Sometime this collaboration is more “beat it with your fist” that massage your temples, as in the noisy “Faux Hawk”; less would have been more here. However, King and Green never overstay their invitation. — Down Beat
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