Empty Cage Quartet, The / Hello The Damage!
Album: Hello The Damage!   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Empty Cage Quartet, The   Added:Sep 2006

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-10-22 Pull Date: 2006-12-24 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Dec 3 Oct 29
Airplays: 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 03, 2007: Memory Select
The Empty Cage [excerpt]
3. Oct 27, 2006: Memory Select: guest Myra Melford
And Who Is Not Small [excerpt]
2. Dec 01, 2006: Memory Select: Greenlief/Leandre/Nicols
Swan-Neck Deformity [excerpt]
4. Oct 26, 2006: Cognitive Overload
Attack Of The Eye People/Who Are We If We Are Them?/The Mactavish Rag

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-10-20
Free-jazzy live session from the former "MTKJ Quartet." Long tracks (20 or 40 minutes, basically) that include multiple compositions and long stretches of improvising. Mostly bright, even in the slow spots. Good stuff. Middling fidelity. Applause ends each track.

Start to -17:00 -- Plodding march, shifts into fast soloing.
-17:00 to -7:00 -- Slow, including very quiet bass solo. Becomes a slow screechy grind, nicely noisy
-7:00 to end -- Sparse trumpet bursts, mostly low key. Ends with a pleasant New Orleans style vamp.

Start to -17:00 -- Mid/fast, dramatic, then peters out into a slow segment
-14:00 to -7:00 -- Builds tension, then an active midtempo jam ending in wandering group improv
-7:00 to end -- Quiet percussion clatter, then a slow, heavy conclusion

DISK TWO: One 42-minute piece.
Start -- Easygoing, slowish, with some decent, non-flashy solos. After -33:00, starts to heat up, loud and aggressive, for 3-4 mins.

-29:00 to -13:30 -- Slow; develops into flute and quiet background. Later becomes more active but still with a restrained, slowish construction.

-13:30 to -6:00 -- Rapid bop-derived jam, fast. Calms down later.

-6:00 to end -- Fast popping theme, into a slow melody that's a bit melancholic; sax solo hints at the blues. Ends softly.

Track Listing
1. Attack Of The Eye People/Who Are We If We Are Them?/The Mactavish Rag   2. And Who Is Not Small/Function-3
  3. Swan-Neck Deformity/The Empty Cage/Swim Swim Swim, Eat Eat Eat