Via St. Louis
Jack Rose & Jason Bill
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||Revolution of the Stars||Jack Rose & Jason Bill||11:20||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Forest for the Trees||Jack Rose & Jason Bill||5:01||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Heat of the Bells||Jack Rose & Jason Bill||2:00||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Flood Stage||Jack Rose & Jason Bill||4:04||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||You Are Not of My People||Jack Rose & Jason Bill||6:09||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Sting of the Yellow Jackets||Jack Rose & Jason Bill||9:30||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||King George Country||Jack Rose & Jason Bill||6:44||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
A home-recorded duo album by Jason Bill (formerly of Charalambides) and Jack Rose (leader of the Virginia improv trio Pelt), 1998's Via St. Louis sounds, unsurprisingly, like a mixture of elements from both bands. Pelt's raga-based drones and Charalambides' love of feedback and distortion come together on the 11-minute opener, "Revolution of the Stars," but the remaining six tracks wisely apply these ideas to a variety of instruments and moods, from the skronking clarinet solo "Heat of the Bells" to the wave-like ebb and flow of a pair of slide guitars on "Sting of the Yellow Jackets." The best track is probably the chilling violin and acoustic guitar duet "You Are Not of My People," which sounds like the New Zealand experimentalist Alastair Galbraith at his most doomy and foreboding. Much less samey and shapeless than most instrumental improvisations, Via St. Louis is well worth checking out.
Born: 16 February 1971 in Virginia
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s