Reviews that mention David Grubbs

May 22, 2018

David Grubbs

Creep Mission
Blue Chopsticks BC29 CD

Unsurprising if guitarist David Grubbs’ history is known, Creep Mission’s seven tracks could serve as the soundtrack for an experimental film, TV documentary or art installation. That’s because Brooklyn-based Grubbs, also known for his so-called Post-Rock Gastr del Sol band, has done just that job in several media, as well as teaching and collaborating with mixed partners raging from poet Susan Howe to saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

Despite this musical orientation, and except for two brief solo guitar interludes, Creep Mission isn’t an underscore. Instead it features enough unexpected and original motifs to be appreciated as foreground sounds. Grubbs’ guitar textures are reinforced on five of the seven tracks by trumpeter Nate Wooley, known for his improv work with the likes of Harris Eisenstadt as well as his own electro-acoustic compositions; on three tracks by the drums and percussion of Eli Keszler, who is also a notated composer as well as working in Rock and Free Music settings; plus on two tracks the electronic programming of German Jan St. Werner, who now works under his own name and various pseudonyms and was one-half of Mouse on Mars. MORE

June 3, 2003

DAVID GRUBBS & MATS GUSTAFSSON

Off-Road
Blue Chopsticks BC 11

KEITH ROWE/MICHEL DONEDA/URS LEIMGRUBER The Difference Between a Fish
Potlatch P302

Differences between noise and resonance, silence and stillness are explored on these recent examples of EuroImprov. Coming from either side of the quiet/discord continuum, the CDs manage to prove that each auditory position is as legitimate as the other. It just depends how the sound atoms are manipulated.

On OFF-ROAD Swedish reedist Mats Gustafsson, a master of the post-Ayler shrieks hooks up with American post-rock instrumentalist David Grubbs and -- on three tracks -- countryman turntablist Henry Moore Selder to produce noise essays bisected with quiet paragraphs. THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A FISH showcases degrees of stillness and freak intonation produced by British guitar and electronics manipulator Keith Rowe, French soprano saxophonist Michel Doneda and Swiss-born, Paris-domiciled Urs Leimgruber on soprano and tenor saxophones MORE