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BROKEN BLUES

5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(2 customer reviews)

 10.90

Tyler Higgins

Tyler Higgins  electric guitar, feedback, organ, composition, arrangements |Gabriel Monticello  upright bass | Paul Stevens  drums, piano

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Can you imagine Charles Mingus jamming with the band Earth at a Baptist church service? No? Well, here it is, by the hands (and head) of a multi-instrumentalist in love with electric guitar feedback and the vast blues, gospel, folk, jazz and rock patrimony of that big, deep, fascinating and contradictory melting pot we call the United States of America. But no, Tyler Higgins isn’t your average fusion musician. All those music genres and styles coming from the African-American diaspora have been deeply absorbed and are decanted by experimental means so you have the feeling of the music but with the obvious reference points and sign posts removed. It sounds like a Baptist church was overrun by underground freaks and free jazz musicians ready to sing in the choir. “Broken Blues” sounds familiar, but at the same time so strange that you have to reset your brain and your ears to discover in a new way what you thought you knew all along. The 21st Century has developed its own Americana, and that’s good news. There’s a future coming, in spite of everything…

Thomas Avery – engineering, mastering | Recorded at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, GA, USA | Session held in December 2016.
Executive production by Travassos for Trem Azul | Photos by Tyler HigginsDesign by Travassos

 

2 reviews for BROKEN BLUES

  1. Gonçalo Falcão

    “Silence is the moment when we realize that we hear something”, concluded Vítor Rua. And this record is about silences. Except that it is necessary to make a small step back in time so that this beautiful definition makes sense and we can better understand this silent blues songs. silent.
    John Cage realise the impossibility of silence and his concept of silence – because it is a concept – played an important role in several of his works before “4′33” (1952): “Duet for Two Flutes” (1934), “Sonatas and Interludes” (1946–48), “Music of Changes” (1951), “Concert for prepared piano and orchestra (1951) are some examples.
    To arrive to this CD we still have to talk about two other musicians. The first, Morton Feldman works on the duration and importance of space between two notes. As one of his best interpreters, John Tilbury once explained me: “it’s not only about the note but about the space between each note”. As if each note was complete and didn’t need the next one. We listen to “For Bunita Marcus” for piano solo and over the course of its 80 minutes we are absorbed by a motionless song that moves. The third and final musician who will take us to this new Clean Feed CD is Loren Mazzacane Connors. The American guitarist uses the blues but applies the principles of Feldman, where each note on the electric guitar is a world of its own, not necessarily part of a sequence. Mazzacane is one of the most original guitarists in the blues and – like Fahey or Basho – transported the Blues to the experimental field, taking them into a world of abstraction.

    We are now ready to present “Broken Blues” the new album edited by Shhpuma, and the second by the American guitarist in the Portuguese label. Higgins catches the train left in motion by Mazzacane Connors and invents a strange blues in which the bass and drums often seem to play in another band and where, over the top, his slow guitar solo, enjoys the journey with the detail of those who walk. Higgins’ blues and gospel progressions resist to the need that our brain has to predict what will follow. They remain thoughtful, note by note, in a saturated and long electric guitar sound.
    Even when Tyler picks up on popular themes, gospels (eg, “The Truth is Marching On”) play them so slowly that they lose their reference. The piano or organ, drums and double bass add a musical layer that Connors never had and that makes this Higgins record very special by keeping us within the trio’s music.
    Ideal for traveling on a hot day, on national roads, with open windows.

  2. Madalena

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