Best of 2011: Colin Stetson

Somehow I completely missed Colin Stetson‘s 2011 release New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges until it started showing up on people’s end-of-the-year best-of lists.   What to say?  Dude’s a monster.  Also engineer Efrim Menuck, producer Shahzad Ismaily and other producer Ben Frost did an amazing job capturing and mixing this.   From what I’ve read, something like 30 mics were used during these live sessions. But enough shop talk. Over the past week I’ve been coming back to this record again and again. There’s some truly powerful sounds on this release. Colin Stetson’s a killer baritone sax player. And if you decide to give this a whirl, hold on to your seat. His playing is as bracing as it is hypnotizing.