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Woe
Last Stop
Some Records


This archeological find from turn of the 21st century America is called a Compact Disc. From 2001 to be exact and the band is actually from what was once called Great Britain. Four musicians play trumpet, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums on this music recording. As we can note from the art work on the disc, this group was mindful of past forms, in this case, the immortal American idiom of free jazz. The cover art also happens to be a graphic reference to a crime film from the mid 20th century, Anatomy Of A Murder, directed by Otto Preminger if my sources are correct.

From the short intro track, "Last Stop", Woe sets out to tear a groove into the listener. This is what I like to hear: mixing of old and new ideas, genres that are still in utero. In other words, there is hybridity. All these beats are heavy and the players dig in for a Miles Davis-esque romp through dissonant fusion. Like a fall down the stairs that you enjoy at the end because: 1) it was so surprising 2) you donít think anything is broken and 3) the silvery stars you are seeing in the corners of your eyes are really quite beautiful. Death and danger are themes in these instrumental pieces. Makes me want to buy a motorcycle and a bunch of helium balloons and ride over to your ex-girlfriendís house, knock on the door and then let the balloons fly up into the air and then leave without saying a word. Or maybe it makes me want to go to the pet store where they keep the mice for feeding to snakes and buy some and set them free in the park. Yes, itís inspiring in a polymorphically perverse way.

Minor chords and diminished sevenths with syncopation make this a mildly gloomy album, yet not gloomy enough to save for post-break up listening. Itís gloom for any day. There are no riffs, and rhythm plays the lead rather than harmony. Last Stop is not for the tender-eared. What more do you need than some broody jazz to simmer about your love life over? Pure sonic catharsis, can you dig it? I dig it and I fully recommend it if you can comprehend it.

- Joseph Martinez

Track Listing:

  1. Last Stop
  2. Reason Gets Paid Back
  3. Minutes To Go
  4. Incident At
  5. Ceiling Sniffing
  6. The Shake
  7. Cut Up
  8. The Big Lean
  9. Iím Coming Straight Down
  10. White Stick
  11. This Sound Will Break Your Heart

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