September 10, 2012
Harry Taussig - Fate is Only Twice
That earlier recording is no crisp, clean Windham Hill production effort and this one isn’t either, but much better while still retaining the dry, straight ahead approach to capturing the sound. Nothing fancy.
Taussig’s playing is equally uncluttered and sparse. Make every note count. Make every pluck of the strings a worthwhile and apparent part of the whole. Don’t play it just because you can.
Rondo in D starts off the work with a proper American Primitive feel reminiscent of the dark, simple feel so well established by Fahey.
Electric Forest , Electric Trees begins as though Taussig was in the middle of the piece and the record button was just hit, an act of capture? Perhaps. The song feels improvised and thoughtful at times with returns to the main theme that includes some nice use of harmonics.
In the Corner of the Circle is a delightfully odd piece that seems to almost pick up where the last song left off. Quirky timing, odd slide work and notes bouncing around like they can’t escape the corner of the circle. One of my favourites.
Living in the City is the lone 12 string effort.
Perpetuum Mobile Revisited is a ragtimey piece much like his favored approach in the first release.
Fate is only Twice is the fitting title track of the album and closes this effort with a 7:12 minute harkening to the first release.
It’s great to hear Taussig’s meeting with Fate once again captured for our benefit.
Interview with Taussig in 2006
Interview with Taussig in 2012
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