Improv & Avant-Garde: Year in Review 2010

Improv & Avant-Garde: Year in Review 2010
Little Women Throat (Aum Fidelity)
Time was, before Hendrix came along, that an aggressively wailing saxophone was just about the most fearsome instrument around. Nowadays, strident sounds come from so many different genres that it's difficult to truly stand out. But Little Women deliver the frightening goods. Their debut album is a seven-part suite of stunning mood swings powered by dual saxes at its core. Darius Jones and Travis Laplante spew out tremendous riffs made more powerful by righteous electric guitar and free-ranging kit drum action. For all its fury, the band isn't afraid to slow it down and play with a whole lot of soul.
David Dacks