Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

April 26, 2011

Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape” (3-inch CDR, KSE #191), now available

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“Direct to Tape”   3-inch CDR (KSE #191)

$5.00 ppd. anywhere, via paypal, to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Magee–tenor sax, sopranino sax, synthesizer


recorded in 2011 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Reed player MASSIMO MAGEE and percussionist TIM GREEN are two young men steeped in free-jazz and the free-improv aesthetic. They grew up with it, it’s in their blood, and they’ve taken it to the next level on this new mini-cd. Massimo’s earlier recordings have been in a pointillistic vein reminiscent of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble duo of the early 70’s (think FACE TO FACE) or Steve Lacy’s more severe and elliptical solo sessions, and he’s a master of space and texture. Those qualities are still present here, but substitute Reverend Frank Wright for Trevor Watts, and have The Rev double on gonzo analog synth, played much in the same style as his take-no-prisoners sax style. Tim Green, who has many of the best qualities of the SME’s John Stevens and also reminds me of drummers as diverse as Barry Altschul and Sunny Murray, is a fine technician and someone who gets an infinite number of sounds and polyrhythms out of a simple kit.

The opening track, the 12 minute “Ray Gun” is a shredding blowout that starts in the red and keeps on growing in intensity. The second track, “Insect Music,” finds Magee switching to the sopranino sax (pitched higher than a soprano) and Green doing a number of scrapes and scratches and textures that will put you inside of an insect’s brain, sounding like free-improv hatched in the mind of an insect that just consumed twice its body weight in pesticide. After this 19-minute mini-cd, you’ll be worn out…and also wanting to hit the “repeat” button.

And added to that is the intentionally lo-fi recording quality, sounding like it was recorded over a used dollar-store cassette, which previously contained one of the more outre Creel Pone electronic music albums and which bleeds through every once in a while. There’s a long history of this kind of thing in free jazz: think Sun Ra’s Saturn label, or Survival Records (the Frank Lowe/Rashied Ali album comes to mind), or BYG-Actuel, or Jihad, or other labels where the sound quality almost becomes a participant in the session.

I’m excited about this session, and I hope you will be too! Both Massimo and Tim have been asked to do solo recordings for KSE in the future, and those should be well worth waiting for, but grab this monster NOW. I’m sure Byron Coley will go ape when he hears this cdr, but why wait to read his review? Have your own revelation NOW…

$5 ppd. anywhere.

And while you are placing that order, why not try some of KSE’s other music and poetry releases?


poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #187, Bill Shute, “Surrounded by the Moment.” Sound Library Series, Volume 60.

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.” Sound Library Series, Volume 59.

KSE #174,  Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.” Sound Library Series, Volume 58.


3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

KSE #188 (3-inch CDR), Derek Rogers & Bill Shute, “Four Texas Streams” (music and poetry collaboration).

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

KSE #186 (3-inch CDR), Parashi, “Zone of Alienation.”

KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”

KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”

KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”


full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

payment via paypal to    django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

NOTE: I will be out of state during the second half of May. Orders rec’d in paypal by NOON on Monday 16 May will be shipped before I leave. Orders rec’d after that will be shipped when I return home on May 31. Please feel free to order while I’m gone…it’s just that I can’t ship until I get back. If you will be at my appearances in Albany or Amherst or Northampton in late May, I’ll have some of the recent releases…plus advance copies of CDR’s by Brent Fariss and Matamoros, and the new poetry book from Michael Casey. Just ask…

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