New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges Image
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  • Summary: The second album from the Polaris prize-nominated saxophonist was recorded solo, live, and in a single take. Stetson employed circular breathing and used approximately two dozen microphones, placing them on the studio walls, throughout his bass saxophone, and on his throat to produce this otherworldly-sounding album. Expand
  • Record Label: Constellation
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Improvisation, Saxophone Jazz
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  1. Dec 13, 2011
    87
    New History Warfare has enough range that it seems to have opened up a whole new fanbase that might otherwise have no interest in avant-garde music.
  2. Dec 13, 2011
    82
    Feels like music I've been subconsciously craving without even knowing it exists.
  3. Dec 13, 2011
    80
    New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges is an album of somber beauty, its flashes of color existing amidst a broad spectrum of grays.
  4. Dec 13, 2011
    80
    New History Warfare 2 is superfine, breathtaking, at once unnervingly exploratory and highly accessible, a record which leaves you grasping in vain for adequate reference points and peer comparisons.
  5. Dec 13, 2011
    80
    It's the solo work that's so impressive: simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting.
  6. Dec 13, 2011
    75
    The album's impenetrable surfaces grow haunting after numerous listens: Stetson may never garner mainstream recognition like his Arcade Fire pals, but he proves undeniably compelling in his uncompromising musicality.
  7. Dec 13, 2011
    70
    This album and a few videos of Stetson playing (the guy is a monster) will probably be enough to convince most people that he's a genius, but you don't need to be that smart yourself to appreciate what is probably 2011's most unique album.

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  1. Mar 11, 2013
    9
    This review could have been written a year ago when I found this album. One person and one instrument really shouldn't be able to make the music that he does on "From no part of me can I summon a voice." It is really the most radiant and brightest thing I've ever heard in my 34 years on this planet. Expand