Mongrels—Buck Nauseef—two creatures with no pedigree or particular style who have absorbed, mixed and amalgamated numerous pedigrees and styles during long careers working closely with leading musicians of diverse genres including: orchestral, Javanese gamelan, jazz, Ghanaian music and dance, r&b, Hindustani classical music, free improvisation, Balinese gamelan, Turkish classical Sufi music…
Recordings and performances have been with, amongst many others, The Necks, Evan Parker, Jack Bruce, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Brian Eno, Ronnie James Dio, Roscoe Mitchell, Swans, Shankar, The Velvet Underground, Tomasz Stanko, Thin Lizzy, Lou Harrison...
Mutual respect and friendship brought these two mutts, Tony Buck and Mark Nauseef, together to record a formidable collection of bells and gongs from Bali, Java, Korea, Japan, India, China and Tibet within a matrix of guitars---electric baritones, steel string, slide, prepared guitars, bass and monochords creating an orchestra rich in overtones, microtonal movement, harmonics and glow.
released November 10, 2023
Tony Buck: electric guitar, electric baritone guitar, arch-top acoustic guitar, bass guitar, mono-chord, waterphone, zulu-bells, and instrument preparations
Mark Nauseef: bells and gongs from Bali, Java, Korea, Japan, India, China and Tibet
Recorded and mixed by Tony Buck, Berlin, Germany
Mastered by Weasel Walter
Bells and gongs recorded by Walter Quintus, Zerkall, Germany
Chinese gongs on “Diffused”, Chinese temple bells on "Pretty Weird” recorded by Todd Garfinkle, Matsumoto, Japan
Produced by Tony Buck and Mark Nauseef, 2022
The Collins English Dictionary definitions of mongrel:
1. a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.
2. any animal or plant resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.
A very interesting album. At a few places I keep asking myself: Was this composed by Arnold Schönberg (or his disciples)? Anyway, I'm all for skilled musicians exploring the boundary (if one exists) between jazz and classical. Thumbs up! jyrki63