|Crux an Organum track. Flayed a drumming sequence played by Eddie Prévost.
“....... anyone used to Prévost’s other ventures might get quite a shock......huge flurries of hyperactive, thunderous drumming. Crux creates similarly resonant, intense soundscapes.”
Electric Shock Treatment (U.K.)
Front cover artwork (reproduced above) by David Jackman.
Eddie Prévost is a drummer for AMM and is accompanied on his side ('Flayed') by Organum's mainstay, David Jackman, on electronics and bowed cymbal. As Jackman's drones ebb and flow, Prévost builds and subsides. He uses a lot of cymbal splashes and drum rolls with a lot of detailing to bacically make the drum kit act as an orchestra. Like Tony Williams and Paul Motian, Prévost is beyond technique and aims for emotionally provocative sonic experiences. All of them can simultaneously by in sympathy with and yet lead interaction with those sounds around them. The Organum side ('Crux') also offers a lot of interaction through drones from electronic instruments, flutes, and bowed instruments. This is more gentle than most other Organum, and is enjoyable loud or soft. Subtle shifting and changing occurs, creating a fairly relaxing ambience without jarring surprises. Both sides of the album are very enjoyable and worth checking out even if you have heard a lot of previous Organum. The Prévost performance is worth the price of admission.
(review of LP edition)
Tim Grove Option Magazine May/June 1988