It’s a shame that just for a few days this album didn’t make it on my top
ten list. In fact, this trio of Chris Corsano on drums, Bill Nace on
electric guitar and Steve Baczkowski on saxophones was, along with Kuzu’s
debut, the most powerful album of the drums-guitar-sax statement in 2018.
Unfortunately the vinyl is already sold out.
Writing a review about a recording that moved you cannot be another day at
the office. And Mystic Beings really shook me. This line up can always live
up to its noisy promises, but it can also drown itself into purposeless
sheer volume. This, seems to me, is much more common lately when the
boundaries between noise, free jazz and metal are non-existent any more.
The results are sometimes beautiful but many times just noisy boring.
Not this time, and not from Open Mouth’s catalogue. Bill Naces’ eclectic
label doesn’t put out a lot of recordings, but when something new comes out
you better listen. In addition, what we have here is an egalitarian
collaboration of three artists at the peak of their creativity. A free jazz
blow out that delivers energy and pathos before volume. Being a fan of
Chris Corsano’s multiple ways of presenting himself, I must sing praise of
Nace’s guitar and the way he presents a sound almost new. He delves deep
into psychedelia but not from a rock perspective and not, even, from a jazz
one. His guitar sound is unique, conveying feedback into melody, while he
teams up with a sax player well known for his volume of sound. In the same
egalitarian way, Steve Baczkowski makes room for the guitar to breath,
follow and lead. The polyrhythmic barrage of Corsano, joins them but also
goes it’s on way.
Tension builds up right from the start of Mystic Beings. Except for the
last track, Excuse Me, where they try to loosen up their tight knit
collaboration, all the other three tracks present an almost new way to
listen to a free jazz record. I do not know how they do it, but each artist
is presented in two ways: as a soloist and as a member of the trio. I could
easily isolate its instrument, follow its path and make something out of
it. Really. That good dear reader.