Tuesday, November 12, 2013

i can't wait for this one

what it is: i can't wait for this one
where i found it: amid free jazz arcana

Back in the late 90s when there was a big upsurge in free jazz enthusiasm I ended up being involved in the organization of a show by a guy I'd never heard of before, a school system employee from upstate NY, Arthur Doyle. I thought this might just be another pretentious dude blowing 45 minute unrelenting solos, but Doyle turned out to be much more than that. The guy was a truly original character who seemed he'd been transported from another reality all together. He had put out a strange relic of an LP called Alabama Feeling that collectors were all hyped about and at that time he was touring around solo, probably through the efforts of some enthused young person. A few years later he popped up again with a larger ensemble, notable for their performances but also for the bumper stickers they were producing that said HONK IF YOU LOVE THE ARTHUR DOYLE ELECTRIC ACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE. I'm not entirely sure what he's been up to since then, but it looks like, very improbably, that there's now a documentary about him. Here's the trailer. I can't wait for this one. Here are a few clips of Doyle, if you enjoy this type of thing.