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On Through, Henry Kaiser joins Italian guitarist Roberto Zorzi for a series of (mostly) free-improvised solos and duets with excellent results. Although there are the expected Derek Bailey-isms, Zorzi seems to come from something of a blues background (territory Kaiser is well familiar with), and as a result, a certain bluesy flavor pervades the album. Both play electric and acoustic guitars with Kaiser playing some bass as well, including a solo bass version of "The Skunk's Tears" (retitled "The Skunk's Frozen Tears") from the album Hope You Like Our New Direction. There's another version of the Kaiser favorite "Dropped D" ("Dropped D Monteleone") and they slip into Albert Ayler's "Ghosts" as well. Zorzi also does a heavily Italian-inflected (though well-played) version of Nick Drake's "Time of No Reply." Other material ranges from the fabulous acoustic blues of "Variations on Skip James' I'm So Glad" to the frenetic electric freak-out of Kaiser's "The Trouble With Treble" to the dual strangulation deaths of their electric guitars on "La Calma E' La Virtu dei Morti/Ghosts." Zorzi serves up some deranged slide with Kaiser on bass on "Ooops...Wrong Hat" and pretty acoustic playing with effects interjections on "Muro Di Gomma." Both guitarists are great players as well as listeners, and the fact that they freely mix more conventional material with the more non-idiomatic improvisations might make this an ideal starting place for someone curious about free-improvised guitar music. Excellent. ~ Sean Westergaard
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Limits of Knowledge Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 3:19
  3. 2 I Kiss Your Shadow Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 2:36
  4. 3 Gentiluomini Al Bagno Turco Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 4:28
  5. 4 Variations on Skip James' I'm So Glad Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 3:25
  6. 5 Antichi Maestri Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 5:37
  7. 6 Ooops...Wrong Hat! Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 4:43
  8. 7 L' Impaziente Inglese Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 3:38
  9. 8 Somebody in My Bed Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 2:22
  10. 9 You've Got Me Under Your Skin Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 1:55
  11. 10 The Skunk's Frozen Tears Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 5:42
  12. 11 What the Travel Agent Doesn't Tell You Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 2:16
  13. 12 Pecunia Non Olet Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 2:46
  14. 13 Dropped D Monteleone Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 6:55
  15. 14 Trouble With the Treble Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 2:52
  16. 15 Murdo Di Gomma (Per Paolo Damiani) Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 4:35
  17. 16 La Calma E' la Virtù Dei Morti/Ghosts [Variation #N] Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 5:31
  18. 17 Per Giorgia, Angela E Giulio Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 1:58
  19. 18 Time of No Reply Henry Kaiser/Roberto Zorzi 2:31

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