Reviews that mention Lou Gare
October 2, 2006
Horn_Bill: Reed Solos
By Ken Waxman
An extended sonic essay in 21st Century reed techniques, HORN_BILL is an unaltered depiction of unaccompanied solos by five British sax players and a Berlin-based clarinetist. Absorbing in its audacity, this two-CD set captures the players not only eschewing melody, rhythm and harmony for silences and trifling breath dynamics, but in essence negating with one significant exception expected reed sounds.
The exception is tenor saxophonist Lou Gares Saxophony. A Free Music pioneer as a member of AMM up to the 1970s, Gares jazz-related variations have a title that perhaps unconsciously reflects some of the spectacular showcases of pioneering American sax popularizer Rudy Wiedoeft (1893-1940). As solipsistic as the others solos, his mellow tone is reminiscent of Coleman Hawkins, with the variations played allegro with a wide, smeary vibrato and what seem to be a compendium of boppish licks. Although Gare exposes some falsetto note clusters, most of the time he lapses into almost pre-modern jazz riffs as if he was one part of a fanciful big band reed section. Most tellingly, just before the finale, he suddenly begins playing variations on Lover Man. MORE