Extended techniques and circular breathing are nothing new to the saxophone, and I’m a little bit annoyed that this Pitchfork writer, while he does at least mention Evan Parker in his review of New History Warfare Vol. 2, fawns over Colin Stetson’s new release like it is something radically new. It’s not. That doesn’t mean it’s not good. It’s quite good, actually, and what makes New History Warfare Vol. 2 notable is Stetson’s attention to songcraft, possibly picked up from his many rock-leaning gigs with Laurie Anderson, Tom Waits and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
In any case, Stetson’s solo performance in his living room for A Take Away Show is well worth watching for heaping amount of wind and red veins he blows into that bass sax.