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review for Chris Dadge & Dab Meichel Mannington on Bug Incision Records, Exclaim! online, by Byron Hayes:

Mannington is the first of a planned series of archival releases of Meichel's music, put together by Bug Incision mainstay and multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge. The pair recorded this series of pieces in 2008, with Dadge developing his vocabulary on a number of instruments besides the drums he traditionally employs, alongside Meichel's sax and bass clarinet explorations. While there are straight-ahead drum/sax workouts represented across half of this release, the most interesting moments happen when Dadge employs the trumpet or violin, often utilizing extended techniques to unleash a barrage of unusual non-tones. That said, Meichel's reed work is extraordinary across the board, whether he's riffing alongside the drums or gleefully crafting alien yelps. Here's hoping more Meichel material surfaces sooner rather than later. (9/10)

description of I'd Drive Your Ass Across The World, If I Had To from

There is a reason that drums are typically used in a certain way, in certain settings; been a hundred or so years since Edison [or de Martinville if yr so inclined] and few solo percussion records worth mentioning. Do the math. I’d Drive Your Ass Across The World, If I Had To is a reboot of a cd-r that Dadge himself put out and sent in to brokenresearch and we we’re really taken. It is a totally facile use of rudiments, sound and electronics. It’s clear, articulate and undeniably inventive. When we first cked it it had a stamp of Cyrille’s “What About”-which when mentioned to Dadge he readily admitted to owning and knowing. Over time that stamp has faded and what is left is one of the better improvised percussion records ever released. Worlds ahead of most of any “brainy” approach to drums and much more restrained and clear than George Stone acolytes and more temporal than the chest-beaters.

from by Henry Smith:

Bent Spoon Duo - Fossils of Summer (Holy Cheever Church Records CS)


Bug Incision label head Chris Dadge and fellow improv pursuant Scott Munro have a go on Holy Cheever with this tape,which the Calgary duo recorded in Toronto. Combining percussion and strings, the two approach improvisation from an anti-classicist stance, instead opting for a scrape and drape sound that finds the two moving between instruments and mood in rapid fire succession.

The tape opens with a steady percussive thump and a lot of string snaps and cracks before some electronic glitches make their presence known, joining in on the addled conversation. There's a real earthy feel present here, with almost a kitchen band vibe (I suppose that's the Bent Spoon way...), though the two are clearly engaging in some real interaction here. Odd blurts and taps writhe about somewhere between order and chaos, with a highly emotive and visceral feel. Very much a duo in terms of taut, in-the-moment reaction, the rattles sometimes diminish to little more than whispered chimes and untethered reverberative appreciations. Really physical stuff. 


Reviews from The Wire magazine:

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by Byron Coley, July 2012: