Fernandez, Agusti/Peter Kowald / Sea Of Lead
Album: Sea Of Lead   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Fernandez, Agusti/Peter Kowald   Added:Feb 2006
Label:Hopscotch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-04-30 Pull Date: 2006-07-02 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 2 May 28 May 14 May 7
Airplays: 2 1 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 30, 2006: Memory Select
Sea Of Lead Part 6
4. May 09, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
2. Jun 29, 2006: Cognitive Overload
Sea Of Lead Part 6
5. May 05, 2006: Memory Select
3. May 23, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
Sea Of Lead Part 1
6. May 04, 2006: Baptism of Solitude

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-04-27
Improv duets between pianist Fernandez and late bassist Kowald. Lots of nonmusical sounds: scratchy or squeaky bass strings, or plucking/pounding of the piano strings. Abstract stuff that varies between placid and dark.

Hailing from Germany, Kowald was a well respected figure in improv circles. Our library includes a nice trio session he did with Gino Robair (drums) and Miya Masaoka (koto) locally -- it's under Kowald/Masaoka/Robair, title "Illuminations," on the Rastascan label. It's one of several great albums we have involving Kowald -- do check it out.

1- Fast groany bass, mid/fast clatter
2- Wailing swirl. Then calmly dissonant screeches
3- Slow, industrial clangs and groans
4- Quiet rubber-band bass
5- Quiet but fast. Squeaks and flutters.
6- Harsh pounding/squeaks, then a mid/fast musical duet
7- Pensive mid/slow, played "straight" (i.e. mostly normal music)
8- Fast, w/nice pitter-patter piano interlude that I think quotes Cecil Taylor
9- Brisk, mid/fast, almost jazzy in a spiky-aggressive way
10- Dark and dramatic, with some throat singing from Kowald (yes, he was schooled in Tuvan throat singing)
11- Sparse clatter: Low twang of piano strings getting bashed.

Track Listing
1. Sea Of Lead Part 1   6. Sea Of Lead Part 6
2. Sea Of Lead Part 2   7. Sea Of Lead Part 7
3. Sea Of Lead Part 3   8. Rhizomes
4. Sea Of Lead Part 4   9. Tendrils
5. Sea Of Lead Part 5   10. Three Voices
  11. Kowald's Dream