David Sait Postage Paid Dues - Volume 2

David Sait Postage Paid Dues - Volume 2

Sait has been an active member within Toronto, ON's improvising community for a number of years. He specializes in the guzheng: a 21-string Chinese instrument with a sound somewhere between an acoustic guitar and a harp, with a touch of banjo, but with extremely versatile tuning when juxtaposed with duet partners. This instrument is capable of leaping around different scales and a wide range of notes in very unexpected ways. Sait uses a number of different techniques to pluck, strum and scrape the strings, which create endless constellations in his personal galaxy of non-idiomatic improvisation. Of the collaborators, Glen Hall's halting soprano sax creates tension, while gently urging Sait to explore more outlandish statements. Ladonna Smith brings a more fluid approach to viola and Chinese erhu, which creates a tug of war by equals. Gino Robair's clatter-y and reverberant metal percussion suggests Far Eastern, gong-like sounds, even though stylistically, he's not deliberate about going to China for a summit meeting. Although this low budget recording is successful, be advised of a few moments of distortion in tracks featuring Mr. Hall. (Apprise)