Eric Wallack - "Private Parts"
(IMCR Records Special Limited Edition Series 2003)
Uploaded to Aural Innovations: October 2003
Improvised music is unique to the moment. It may be recorded, but only the recording can be repeated, not the performance of the that particular music. Private Parts is a limited edition of 50 separate performances that Eric Wallack is releasing in editions of ONE, the idea being (as stated in the promo sheet) to provide listeners with the recorded equivalent of a private, improvised solo concert. Each CDR will consist of an improvised performance, or several tracks, averaging 35-45 minutes and comes signed and numbered by Eric.
I have the good fortune of owning #'s 1 & 2 of the 50, and because they are my own personal performances and won't be duplicated, rather than doing a review I'll simply describe what each includes to give you an idea of what to expect. #1 includes 5 tracks. Three are played on 6-string acoustic guitar, one on 12-string acoustic guitar, and one on upright bass. #2 includes 9 tracks. Two on Udu (clay pot), one on bamboo flute, four on 6-string acoustic guitar, one on upright bass, and one on muted pocket trumpet. The sounds quality is excellent. Those who have heard Eric's solo performances like Vermis, Grendel or Guitar Soli know what a talented figure he is on the free-improv scene, and each of these recordings could have easily been released as the next Eric Wallack solo disc. But Eric has also collaborated with numerous other improvisors. For an overview of the stunning variety of music and collaborations Eric has been involved in, CLICK HERE to read the reviews and interview that appear this issue. If you're a Wallack fan, hungry for more, and fancy a performance all your own, then Private Parts is tailored just for you.
For more information you can visit the Eric Wallack web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/indie/ericwallack/Eric_s_Homepage_1.htm.
The CD's are available for $20 each postage paid from Eric Wallack; 445 North Main St; Bowling Green, OH 43402.
Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz