Ben Hall & Don Dietrich: Tiger Swallow Tail LP (Radical Documents, 2019)

July 10, 2019 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ben Hall & Don Dietrich: Tiger Swallow Tail LP

Detroit percussionist Ben Hall and free jazz/noise improv legend Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus) divert from New Monuments (their trio with C. Spencer Yeh) for their second album as a duo. This is two 15-minute sidelong improvisations, and they’re both absolutely fantastic. The first side is a constant rush of tumbling drums and frantic sax which blurts, squeals, and squiggles. Side B gets even better, as Dietrich plugs his horn into a bunch of juiced-up distortion pedals, and basically duets with himself, trading off solos that alternately sound like razor-sharp guitars and harsh noise bludgeoning. Hall is there thrashing away in the background, carrying it all along in some sort of haphazard manner. It’s just incredible. Viciously recommended.

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