JOHN M. BENNETT / BEN BENNETT / BOB MARSH / JACK WRIGHT – Ohio Grimes And Misted Meanies

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This recording occurred during the meeting of Jack Wright (saxes) and Bob Marsh (guitar) with a singular father-and-son duo: the former on “words, voice, objects”, the latter on “invented objects” described on the press release as things twisted and bent into instruments that speak, in a way or another. The sounds were captured on tape at the Urban Arts Space Gallery at University of Ohio in Columbus. Depicting what happens in a plain review is pretty arduous but, at the same time, Ohio Grimes is easy to comprehend despite the large amount of shrieking twists, popping blasts and frenetic scintillations that go with the Bennetts’ reshaping of regular speech (John M. often talks in Spanish, at least when he’s not acting like someone getting strangled while masked as a slimmed-down Oliver Hardy reciting snippets of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate. In between nervy quacks, raw zings, cutting skronks and ugly pings accompanying the declamations, one attempts to extrapolate a measure of sanctity from a patois directly deriving from the basic principles of human expression. Truth be told, this record is not likely to charm many listeners for a simple reason: it can’t be filed anywhere. However, practised ears will witness a lower-class verve trying to reach out for the belittled groups of desperados who still take pleasure from discovering something previously unheard. Make no mistake: you have to count me among those stray cats.

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