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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 grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...