Bagatellen: Halvorson/Radding/Wooley’s Crackleknob

July 8, 2009


In his review of the new Mary Halvorson/Reuben Radding/Nate Wooley release, Crackleknob (hatOLOGY), posted yesterday on Bagatellen, Derek Taylor writes:

“Crackleknob’s success stems in large part from the balance of group concept and contrastive individual expression. Each has a strong and colorful personality to channel and the fluency to ensure that nothing is lost in translation. All ten pieces are collectively improvised, showing off a symmetry of execution that immediately conjures the illusion of composition.”

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Crackleknob CD Release Party At Issue Project Room May 24th

May 22, 2009

Crackleknob
Crackleknob
, a collective trio featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Reuben Radding (bass), will celebrate the release of its self-titled debut on hatOLOGY this Sunday, May 24th at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room.

“A compelling example of evenhanded group improvisation,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “the self-titled debut of the collective trio Crackleknob demonstrates the sort of congenial rapport fueled by longstanding friendships. A first-rate example of spontaneous musical dialog between empathetic peers, Crackleknob combines the timbral adventurousness of European free-improvisation with post-AACM dynamics and contemporary trends in lower-case improv.”


Crackleknob Reviewed In The Wire

May 15, 2009

Veteran jazz critic Brian Morton reviews Crackleknob‘s new self-titled debut on hatOLOGY in the June issue of The Wire.

“At first you might think nothing very much is going on,” he writes, “then you realise the most interesting passages are those which have been trimmed down to just a couple of plucked strings, unanchored bass notes and lonely brass breaths and cries. The action’s in the intervals and in the spatial distribution of sound, but there’s a solid architecture to each piece.”

The group, which features trumpeter Nate Wooley, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Reuben Radding, will celebrate its new release with a performance at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room on May 24th.


AAJ Review: Crackleknob

May 11, 2009

“A compelling example of evenhanded group improvisation,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins in his recently posted review, “the self-titled debut of the collective trio Crackleknob demonstrates the sort of congenial rapport fueled by longstanding friendships. Together they bring a refined sensibility to these skeletal musical frameworks, centering their eclectic energies on a unified goal.”

He adds, “A first-rate example of spontaneous musical dialog between empathetic peers, Crackleknob combines the timbral adventurousness of European free-improvisation with post-AACM dynamics and contemporary trends in lower-case improv.”

The band, which features trumpeter Nate Wooley, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Reuben Radding, will celebrate its new release at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room on Sunday, May 24th.