Palestine / Coulter / Mathoul, Maximin

Rod Smith

By Rod Smith

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Charlemagne Palestine's appreciation of sound as a spiritual force dates at least to his teen years in New York, when he played the great carillion at Saint Thomas 'Episcopal Church, hung out with the pioneering likes of Tony Conrad, and studied electronic music under Morton Subotnik. Utilizing everything from complex drones to the falsetto cantorial singing he learned as a child, David Coulter and Jean Marie Mathoul's reverent reconfiguration of several Palestine milestones provides a perfectly panoramic introduction. (General cred note: Palestine played congas in Tiny Tim's band during the '50s, at the tender age of 11.)