John Corbett & Heavy Friends I'm Sick About My Hat

Ranging from multi-tracked, experimental audio-art montages like the strange duo oscillations of "Speed Hump" to the dreamy minimalism of "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," audio-artist, guitarist and sound-poet Corbett confirms why the Chicago scene can muster a creative energy and range to rival NYC’s prolific Knitting Factory. From free improvisations in real time, like the impressive quartet with Mats Gustafsson, Jeb Bishop and Hamid Drake in "Ready Kilowatt," to the four miniatures in his "1 of 1" duo series with cello player Fred Lonberg-Holm, Corbett confirms his genius in spoken word performances like "A Note on "The Mess" and his audacious treatment of James Brown's funk classic "Cold Sweat." Here Corbett has compiled an entertaining package filled with twisted brilliance. (Atavistic)