Arrington De Dionyso Quartet: The Album
In December of 2001 Arrington de Dionyso and Aaron Hartman of (Olympia/K Record's Old Time Relijun) found themselves stranded in Milan during one of the worst snowstorms in Italian history. They were sheltered, fed, and protected by the auspices of two of the most notable figures in the Italian independent/experimental music scene- Fabio Magistrali and Jacopo Andreini. This album is the result of 18 days of practicing, performing, recording and mixing with a quartet that had never played together before, but found an instant chemistry in their mutual fervor and ferocity for the exploration of new musical territories. Some moments on this album will seem familiar to the rabid fans of Old Time Relijun in their off-kilter gumbofication of free-jazz intensity with "rock played wrong", while other pieces bring the quartet through even less easily definable non-clichés of free improvisation and new music experimentalism. There are no "songs", and none of the pieces on this record have titles. Little discussion took place before the recording of each spontaneous composition, yet the results are as cohesive and whole as any master expressionist canvas.