PRJ029 - West Hill Blast Quartet Blast #1

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Format: CD-R
Price: £7.00
Released: February 2013
75 Copies

Dan Spicer: Bamboo saxophone, shenai, trumpet, harmonica, vocal, small percussion, gong
Ron Caines: Tenor, alto & soprano saxophone
Gus Garside: Double bass
Andy Pyne: Drums

Reviews for Blast #1

KFJC 89.7FM, April 2013

'West Hill Blast Quartet on Foolproof Projects is a free jazz recording of exceptional quality. Andy Pyne, drummer, comes out of several Foolproof music groups (Kellar, Medicine and Duty) and Ron Caines, saxophonist, comes from numerous improv jazz projects as well as the prog rock group East of Eden. Dan Spicer and Gus Garside round out the quartet. Track 1 is like walking into a room where the band has already started playing, all cacaphony with sounds flying everywhere, catching you off guard. It's loud and intense. They have definitely studied their Ornette Coleman. The other seven tracks never seem as abusive but have equally stellar performances. Several tracks showcase Pyne's drumming persona. Track 5 has vocalizations (but not words) to go along with the instrumentation. The last track ends quietly, making a lovely balance from track 1. This is good stuff. '

Jazzwise, April 2013

'Disclosure number one: Daniel Spicer, here contributing bamboo saxophone amongst other outre delights, is not only also a member of Brighton improv troupe Bolide but also a music journalist - sometimes of this parish. Disclosure number two: I too am a musician as well as a journalist, primarily with Ninja Tune's Grasscut but I have also, on one occasion releases material on Foolproof. (Who says music journalists are frustrated musicians?) Right then. I first listened to Blast No 1, elbow-jabbed and armpit snogging on a rush-hour commuter tube, relishing the notion the Albert Ayleresque squeaks and squeals represented the howling horror that surely lay behind those impassive faces. But what really makes Blast No 1 impressive are the counterbalancing moments of contemplation - the fact that it sounds just as apt as my tube train empties and, rising above ground, the windows turn from black to blue. Special mention to Foolproof head honcho Andy Pyne on drums, for his trademark combination of free frenzy and lurching groove. (Marcus O'Dair)'