Between 1991 and 2007 this notorious instrumental unit wasted puny earthlings with an amorphous fusion of all things extreme and dissonant in music: hardcore-punk rawness, death-metal speed/technicality, free-jazz asymmetry, no-wave skronk, progressive-rock conceptual bombast, electronic-noise and modern-classical abstraction. Over the course of 16 full-length albums the group included jazz luminaries such as Hal Russell, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Jeb Bishop as well as underground rock virtuosos like guitarists Mick Barr and Ed Rodriguez. The band's connection to the jazz idiom comes primarily from a thread of high energy freedom that was most apparent on punk-jazz albums such as 1995's Destroy All Music and the obliteratingly brutal double LP Trauma released in 2001. After Trauma the focus shifted to extremely complex rock composition while still incorporating dangerous improvisational edges.
Live At WNUR - 2/6/92
Personnel: Hal Russell: saxophones, trumpet, Chad Organ: tenor saxophone, Weasel Walter: drums.
Personnel: Ken Vandermark: reeds, Chad Organ: tenor saxophone, Jeb Bishop: bass guitar and trombone, Dylan Posa: guitar, Weasel Walter: drums.
Destroy All Music
Personnel: Ken Vandermark: reeds, Chad Organ: saxophones, Jeb Bishop: bass guitar, casio and trombone, Dylan Posa: guitar, Weasel Walter: drums.
Gods of Chaos
Personnel: Chuck Falzone: guitars, etc., William Pisarri: bass guitar, etc., Weasel Walter: drums, reeds, etc.
Personnel: Michael Colligan: reeds, Kurt Johnson: contrabass, Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello, Weasel Walter: drums.
Personnel: Michael Colligan: reeds, Kurt Johnson: contrabass, Weasel Walter: drums.
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