Los Angeles’ previous generation of experimental music, often built on a scene centered by reedman Vinny Golia, gave birth to Avant-guitar greats Nels Cline and G.E. Stinson. The current generation is producing a new breed of forward thinking guitarists, exemplified by Jake Vossler and Alexander Noice. Noice, like Vossler, often performs with trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom and has also worked with Golia. Unlike Vossler, Noice doesn’t come from a metal background but a jazz one. His sextet music can get equally aggressive though, as it expands from jazz into post-rock and classical modalities.
We have entered an age where guitarists often abandon notes for the musical manipulation of pure sound. Stian Westerhus is one, and Julien Desprez is another. Like Westerhus, the French guitarist is in such solid command of his effects that they become a musical instrument when combined with his manipulation of strings, slams on the guitar body, and twists of the instrument’s volume knob. Almost more amazing than Desprez solo, is how he integrates these sounds into such a wide variety of musical contexts.