Saturday, December 22, 2018

Recording: The Archives of Eternity

Artist: The Archives of Eternity

Songs: two unknown songs*

Recorded at Fatima in the Alley, November 2, 2018.

The Archives of Eternity - [track 1]

The Archives of Eternity - [track 3]

I'd been waiting a spell to catch a performance from this cross-generational quartet, mixing savvy vets Mark Hundevad (vibes) and Mark Gennaro (drums) with the younger Patrick Smith (baritone + soprano sax) and Andrew Furlong (double bass). Busy schedules all around have kept gigs a little thin on the ground, and a couple of the ones that've come around featured fill-in guests, so it was a treat to see the group at its full force, as this is really just a monster of a unit — the sort of thing that would be greeted with wide-eyed astonishment if they were a touring band on a bill and not merely a bunch of locals.

Watching Hundevad play in any capacity is a treat (I've seen him performing on drums, piano and synth) but especially so when he's behind the vibraphone, which he plays with literal blood-on-the-keys intensity. The set was performed mostly as a long suite, segueing between a series of pieces that rarely let up in intensity. Gennaro's bandcamp has a couple, er, archival recordings of the unit in a nascent duo form with himself and Hundevad, but hopefully a full-fledged band album will emerge soon, or at least in the more immediate part of eternity.

* Does anyone know the titles to these? Please leave a comment!

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