Chris Cutler & Fred Frith — 2 Gentlemen in Verona
(ReR Megacorp CCFF3, 2000, CD)
by David Ashcraft, Published 2001-07-01
I have a tremendous amount of respect for both guitarist Fred Frith and percussionist Chris Cutler. They have both been involved in some tremendous music that dates from the Henry Cow days to Massacre to Frith’s fabulous solo albums and beyond. 2 Gentlemen in Verona showcases the improvisational talents of these two titans, but it has its share of hits and misses. The album documents a 1999 concert in Italy (you can guess the city) that features Frith and Cutler in a continuous duet for the entire length of the CD. They achieve some sublime moments of melody and emotion, but the listener must also endure plenty of meandering and some dissonant sounds. Overall this is a release that is strictly for the hardcore fan of improvised exploration.
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