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The debut release from the unique, experimental EFT (Electro Free Trio) is a bold attempt to fuse free improvisation and real-time electronics, drawing on its members experiencesguitarist Ido Bukelman, drummer Ofer Bymel and electronic artist Daniel Davidovskyin the fields of free jazz, rock and noise.
After a slow, hesitant introduction, where the trio sound checks its wide spectrum of sounds, EFT begins to form the dynamics of this live session. Bukelman pushes forward, the trio's most aggressive and versatile player, hitting his electric guitar with heavy, long and sustained lines. Bymel injects busy, fractured pulses, while Davidovsky attempts to fill the sonic gaps with noisy drones. When Davidovsky is left to lead the trio on the abstract "Teething"Bukelman and Bymel supplying only background soundsthe outcome is less convincing.
One of the disc's finest pieces, "Crunch" is a return to the former take-no-prisoners onslaught, with Bukelman in a heavy Jimi Hendrix-ian blues mode and Bymel acting as if the drum set is a machine gun, while Davidovsky fills this busy mix with dense electric storms. The trio shifts mode on the slow "Soul Crump," Bymel and Davidovsky challenging Bukelman's guitar musings while they get heavier and more intense. "Step Your Mind" revolves around Bukelman sustained notes, while Bymel and Davidovsky methodically cut across the guitarist's lines.
EFT ends its arresting journey with the gentle, almost song-like "Tender Phobic Home," with Bukelman on acoustic guitar.
Track Listing: You Could Be; Teething; Crunch; Soul Cramp; Step Your Mind; Tender Phobic Home.
Personnel: Ido Bukelman: electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Ofer Bymel: drums; Daniel Davidovsky: electronics.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.