Thursday, April 3, 2014

Scott Fields, Jeffrey Lependorf, Everything is in the Instructions

Shakuhachi flute music combined with a new music-avant jazz sensibility? Yes, that's pretty much what Everything is in the Instructions (Ayler 135) is all about. Scott Fields is on what sounds like a semi-amplified hollow body electric guitar; Jeffrey Lependorf is on shakuhachi.

There is a fine-line between the pre-composed and the improvised on most of this album. They flow together seamlessly. Five have Scott Field's compositional frameworks; two are framed by Jeffrey Lependorf; and there is a version of Trane's "Naima".

Scott's guitar work has real originality to it. He may play with straight tuning, or alter it via a prepared guitar with objects placed between and onto the strings, but in any case what he plays has outside flow that acts like a musical fingerprint--it is his very own playing going on. Jeffrey channels traditional Japanese shakuhachi style (no mean feat) into a pretty brilliant amalgam of sound tradition and modern phraseology-harmonic expansion.

The music requires concentrated listening, then pays off with a new sort of contemplative outness.

There is nothing quite like it out there. You really should hear it!


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  2. Thank you, Computer Case! BTW Scott Fields tells me the guitar he was playing on this was a custom-built classical model. The intimate mike-ing gives it a sound a bit more immediate and I guess that's why I was imagining something different. Great job either way.