On Afterparty, the listener gets a clear sense that there is something wrong with the world. She chose to express her thoughts and feelings across a set of nine freely-improvised solo tracks that eventually became Afterparty. She also makes use of percussive and scratchy extended techniques, to the point at which it is hard to identify what she is playing as a sax. But she also produces mournful drones and quiet atmospheric explorations. Regardless, it comes highly recommended. Melody and harmony take a back seat to texture. There are three main elements to these pieces, Taylor’s voice, her idiosyncratic sax playing, and post-processing of both. AMN Reviews: Rhonda Taylor – Afterparty (2020; Bandcamp)
January 8, 2021January 8, 2021 ~ Mike
Like many of us, Rhonda Taylor found herself coping with an uncertain situation early last year. The end result is a haunting, distorted, melancholy experience. Another way of thinking about this release is that it is a solo sax album for people who don’t necessarily like solo sax. Often voice and sax are combined, as she has a penchant for speaking, breathing, or wordlessly singing alongside or through the instrument. A music professor at New Mexico State University, Taylor recorded the album at home under lockdown.