78CD - Beck Hunters - Has It Been Found?
Some years on from their first album “The hunt is on”, the trio moves into a more philosophical domain. If you play this one quietly, you hear a delicate interplay of subtle ideas about melody and noise, harmony and space. If you play it loud, the intense energy jumps out of the music and demands attention for the different levels of interaction between all three. Perhaps in response to the more philosophical questions posed in the track titles of this album, there has to be an acceptance of ambiguity or uncertainty when it comes to some of the basics in language, truth and logic. But as performers, the musicians know that the best thing to do is still to have a good time anyway! So each of the tracks gives answers to the question posed by the album title of whether the Hunt (referring to first album) has been successful.
Track 1 (Yes and no) comprises a sax/guitar duo with drums mediating and sometimes suggesting they should stop yattering “and get a bit of this!” It ends with a sort of question and a sort of resolution. So that’s clear.
Track 2 (What is it?) finds sax messing about with some 12-tone patterns that most listeners would not interpret as such, an active sax drums duo, a delicious melodic sax guitar exchange, and a concluding ping. So there’s the answer.
Track 3 (The guardians of truth) is clearly a very complicated issue both at the philosophical and practical levels, and it requires lengthy explorations of what on earth can be done with a bassoon (supplemented by several odd whistles), great variety and dexterity from the guitar and drums (brushwork and bells in particular), crescendo and diminuendo over multi-layered guitar figures to finish.
Track 4 (Paradox and confusion): some believe these are the pillars of the gateway to truth, those things which keep truth obscured from us. Musically there is an eruption of feelings from the Trio: a delicate entry rising to the outraged fortissimo point. Is it really these pillars that cause such pain and sorrow? Then the necessary diminuendo, the resolution of tensions in the music, and a few moments of serenity to finish.
This is another heartening example of continuing communications between players from different generations.
Mick Beck – tenor sax, bassoon, and whistles
Anton Hunter – guitar
Johnny Hunter – drums
This new release is awaiting first review