Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter | Opulence

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Opulence

by Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter

Intense, fast-moving duets by two young master improvisers. Meeting at a nexus between free jazz, noise rock and free improvisation with a dash of humor and ridiculous chops and structural brainpower, Opulence is a truly decadent dish of modern music.
Genre: Avant Garde: Free Improvisation
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1. Rare Vodka From The Fourteenth Century
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5:26 album only
2. (Rich) Corinthian Leather
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4:12 album only
3. Bald Eagle Tartar Washed Down With A Cup Of Melted Gold
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6:11 album only
4. Faberge Eggs Filled With Caviar
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5:28 album only
5. A Diamond Encrusted Frisbee
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4:36 album only
6. Lapis Lazuli Nights
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7. The Art Deco Hairbrush
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8. Bronze, Amethyst and Saffron
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Opulence is the first time meeting between East Coast guitar diva Mary Halvorson and West Coast drumming iconoclast Weasel Walter! 8 tracks of totally telepathic improvisation you might swear was written and rehearsed. This is the sound of a higher form of musical communication . . .

Recorded live to multi-track tape at John Zorn's club The Stone in New York City in February 2007, this killer release features stunning, highly-charged duets between these two rising giants of new music. Seriously fast-moving, varied, communicative, humorous and precise, this album will kick your ass as well as feed your head. Mary has become widely regarded for her work with Anthony Braxton as well as playing in weirdo groups like People (with Kevin Shea). Weasel Walter is infamous for his long-running leadership of The Flying Luttenbachers.


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Fritz Gerlich

Stronking Drumming
Great improv session between free jazz/brutal prog drummer Walter and gifted guitarist Halvorson. Definitively worth the money if you like improv.

The sound is decent enough. I wish there was less compression and distortion, but as far as modern mastering goes, it is ok.