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Glowering Figs

Artist: Glowering Figs

Date of Release: 27/10/2017

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 2104

Label: SLAM

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Glowering Figs: Dave Fowler (drums), Ivor Kallin (upright electric bass/vocal), Jerry Wigens (guitar)

The trio was formed in 2015 following the break-up of Horseless Headmen (soon after Kallin had acquired an electric upright bass) and Wigens’ departure from Astrakan. Fowler and Kallin already provided the powerhouse rhythm section of Ya Basta and had developed a close understanding over nearly three decades, while Kallin and Wigens knew each other from the London Improvisers Orchestra and a shared interest in the fortunes of Leyton Orient FC. It was here that the idea of the trio emerged during one half-time interval. A purely instrumental unit at the outset, the Figs would soon integrate Kallin’s unique vocal talents as part of their live set. The name ‘Glowering Figs’ derives from a loose amalgam of the letters in ‘Fowler’ and ‘Wigens’, an angrier option than the initial ‘hippier’ alternative, ‘Flowering Wigs’. The music in this recording is a selection of material from more than two hours of improvised live playing that took place on a one-day session in Autumn 2016.

 

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01/11/2017 George W. Harris

The trio of Dave Fowler/dr, Ivor Kallin/voc-b and Jerry Wigens make up Glowering Figs, and this album consists of 11 “live” improvisations. The moods range from a whacka wooka Shaft-like guitar riff on “A Plethora of Flowering Wigs” to 60s psychedelia of “07:17 Delayed.” Some fake language that is incoherent are pieced together on the grooving “Wrongie Bongje” whle guitar twangs and pickings bounce back and forth between cymbals and piano pounces on “Gaggling and Giggling” and “Trauchling to Dunoonn.” Some things stick to the walls, others fall into the pot. George W. Harris http://www.jazzweekly.com/2017/10/jam-with-slamlucia-ianniello-live-at-acuto-jazz-anatma-anatma-glowering-figs-glowering-figs/

 

25/10/2017 Vittorio Lo Conte

Il trio attivo in Inghilterra Glowering Figs è composto da Dave Fowler alla batteria, Ivor Kallin basso elettrico e Jerry Wigens alla chitarra letterica, tre muscisti attivi a Londra e dintorni in diversi generi, anche la musica improvvisata, Widengs e Kallin si sono incontrati ad esempio nella London Improvisers Orchestra. Insieme al batterista è spuntato così un trio piuttosto speciale per il tipo di sonorità offerte. Da una seduta di registrazione di due ore si è selezionato quello qui pubblicato, in cui oltre alla musica ci sono le parole di Ivor Kallin che recita delle poesie. La chitarra di Jerry Wigens è proprio insolita, a volte acida, a volte più astratta, in ogni caso è una presenza importante per tutto quello che riesce ad esprimere. I tre sanno bene che direzione prendere da un brano all’altro, nonostante l’apparente caoticità della proposta. Fra brani in cui i versi delle poesie svolgono un ruolo importante ed altri in cui ci si concentra soltanto sulla musica, come il lungo, tredici minuti, Fig of Four Faces, i tre mostrano compattezza ed empatia. L’insolita proposta va ascoltata con attenzione, sia che ci si concentri sulla musica che sulle poesie, i cui testi sono riportati nel booklet. In ogni caso un’incisione che non li fa passare inosservati. Vittorio lo Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=28311#.We8HnNNSzct

The active trio in England Glowering Figs consists of Dave Fowler on drums, Ivor Kallin bass guitar and Jerry Wigens on the literary guitar, three muszists active in London and around in different genres, including improvised music, Widengs and Kallin met for example in the London Improvisers Orchestra. Together with the drummer, a rather special trio has come up for the kind of sound offered. From a two-hour recording session, the one published here, in which, besides music, Ivor Kallin's words tells poems. Jerry Wigens's guitar is quite unusual, sometimes sour, sometimes more abstract, in any case is an important presence for everything he can express. The three know well what direction they take from one song to another, despite the apparent chaotic nature of the proposal. Among the songs in which the verses of poems play an important role and others focus only on music such as the long, thirteen minutes, the Fig of Four Faces, the three show compassion and empathy. The unusual proposition must be listened carefully, whether it is focused on music or poetry, whose texts are included in the booklet. In any case, an engraving that does not make them go unnoticed. Vittorio lo Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=28311#.We8HnNNSzct

 

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