Two side-long improvs from bassist Luke Stewart (Irreversible Entanglements, Blacks' Myths) and guitarist Anthony Pirog (The Messthetics), they dial into satellites scoping the spaceways.
Favorite track: Before.
Six Six is the Washington, DC duo of Anthony Pirog (The Messthetics) and Luke Stewart (Irreversible Entanglements, Blacks' Myths). Their long-awaited recorded collaboration delivers two slabs of serenity and storm.
On the band’s self-titled debut, Pirog (guitar, effects) and Stewart (bass, effects) showcase their full range, pushing their unique improvisational language forward to find new spaces and sounds that deliver something both heavy and hypnotic. "Before" is an exploratory meditation that unfolds subtly from movement to movement. As sound baths go, “Before” rewards repeated listens as subtle tones, loops, and layers combine and morph but never feel stale. "After" begins with a bang as it initially orbits the outer regions -- tones, pulses, and loops now feel tense and Pirog and Stewart layer their instruments to build the suspense. The track shifts shapes and evolves, maintaining a connection to the duo’s improvisational chops and need to seek.
Before and After.
released May 1, 2020
All songs by Anthony Pirog and Luke Stewart
Recorded by Peter Larkin at The Lighthouse
Mixed and Mastered by Henry Kaiser
So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.