Album of the Week: Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt | Made Out Of Sound

I grew up listening to my father’s music. Mixed in among Sinatra, Getz, and Holiday were a number of guitar players.

Johnny Smith, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel. These were some of his favorites. My first favorite was Jimi Hendrix and my love of guitar-driven music persists. Bill Orcutt is among the long list of current favorites (Jimi is, of course, still on it).

I play guitar. Of course I do. I was talking to my friend Stephen Mejias, he’s also a guitar player, and we agreed that everyone needs a Fender Telecaster. And a Stratocaster. And a Les Paul.

Bill Orcutt plays a mean guitar. Made Out Of Sound, released on Palilalia Records in March of 2021, is his third outing with drummer Chris Corsano and its my favorite of the bunch because, while its as wild as the others, its also the most beautiful. Hard beauty. Savage shredding beauty.

Is it jazz? I’m not a fan of demographics, I’m actually repelled by most labels and used to spend real time removing them from most things I bought, so I prefer to to call this what is: Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt | Made Out Of Sound. On this day, and in this age, we can listen, right now!, which renders labels, and most words, superfluous.

I like guitar players and this is a guitar players record. Chris Corsano reminds me of Milford Graves, which is the highest compliment I can pay any drummer. Have a listen.