Casa Corp is the second release by the Buenos Aires-based trio of Argentine trumpeter Leonel Kaplan, Chilean alto saxophonist Edén Carrasco, and Austrian vocalist Christof Kurzmann. It follows Una Casa / Observatorio (2011), on Kaplan's own Three Chairs Recordings label. Kaplan and Carrasco were also on the Dromos label's first release in 2009, Moments of Falling Petals, in a trio completed by guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama. In common with all releases on Dromos, Casa Corp is released in a limited edition, each one housed in a unique sleeve featuring an original piece of art work, in this case a print of ...read more
Two years in the making, this album arrived at about the same time as First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Quincunx), in which Christof Kurzmann also plays a central role. Comparisons between the two are instructive; both albums feature clarinet, electronics and voice--in the case of the Quincunx album, the recorded voices of Roberta Flack and an (unnamed) Chinese singer, here Ami Yoshida.
The role of the voices is the main (huge!) difference between the two. Unlike the pop vocals, Yoshida's voice is frequently unrecognisable as human, often becoming as one with the instrumental sounds; when her voice is ...read more
If industry and our modern industrial climate has created what sociologists call the modern primitive, then British saxophonist John Butcher is certainly one of today's original men. His saxophone style has unique originality, that's for sure. It is as if he could have picked up a bicycle or a carp and proceeded to use them to communicate with us. It just so happens that he plays the saxophone.
Like his frequent partner Axel Dörner (trumpet), Butcher tends to never sound anything like the horn he puts to his lips. At first he explores extended techniques, then he soon ...read more