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Tyft: Smell The Difference

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Smell The Difference is the third album by Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson's metallic power trio Tyft, which features longstanding members Andrew D'Angelo (alto saxophone and bass clarinet) and Jim Black (drums). Since the late nineties, Jensson has explored the fertile territory between popular music and jazz improvisation, both with his own ensembles and Jim Black's Alasnoaxis. Where Black draws inspiration from melodic indie rock, Jensson delves deeper, into testosterone fueled heavy metal.

Augmented by horn players Chris Speed (tenor saxophone and clarinet) and Peter Evans (trumpet), this already impressive trio is given a more colorful palette to work ...

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Tyft: Meg Nem Sa

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One can only imagine what Hilmar Jensson has done for Iceland's jazz scene when, in our very own Park Slope, his Tyft trio has created a mélange of free jazz, rock and noise. Meg Nem Sa is an impressive second endeavor by Jensson (guitars, electronics), Andrew D'Angelo (alto sax, bass clarinet) and Jim Black (drums, electronics). Throughout the record, D'Angelo's reed instruments swing mellifluously along with Jensson's guitar riffs, darning the tapestry of Jensson's languorous minor-key compositions. Black's pulsing rhythm and steady hand complete the unwieldy ensemble. Jensson's distorted timbre moves the music toward heavy metal, but ...



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