The sophomore release of the Israeli Electro Free TrioEFT continues where the impressive debut (OutNow Recordings, 2011) stopped. An aggressive and experimental hybridization of spontaneous, free improvised approaches, real-time electronics who draw inspiration from noise and industrial music, all spiced with references to progressive and metal rock. This tough blend of sounds was solidified in many live gigs during the last year.
Now guitarist Ido Bukelman is the dominant player in the trio. He sketches the loose lines, the level of energy and the desired intensity. Daniel Davidovsky's electronics are more substantial on this release, adding dark colors and mysterious tension while drummer Ofer Bymel's nervous, fractured drumming punctuate the busy commotion.
The trio is at its best when it pushes towards the unknown, simply surrenders to its flowing energy, as on "Trucked" and ""Umpteenth." Bukelman's fierce metallic attacks are lost in the intense electric blizzard of noises that Davidovsky produces and Bymel's muscular hammering on the drums barely manage to contain the volcanic collisions of sounds around him.
When the trio adopts an open-ended approach on "Daniel's Pigeon" and "Plowing an Endless Surface" it loses its focus. There are interesting sonic searches of Bukelman experiences to expand the spectrum of sounds of the banjo and of Bymel who rubs the drums skins and adds objects to his palette of sounds but these abstract experiences pale in comparison with the powerful pieces. The attempt to fuse synthesized, minimalist beats with live drumming on "Just Before a Really Good Meal" survives when Bukelman injects his distorted guitar and wraps this sonic experience with an impressive solo.
No matter what the sonic outcome is, EFT's dynamics and process of music making are always intriguing.
Track Listing: Below a Porch; Trucked; Daniel's Pigeon; Plowing an Endless Surface; Umpteenth; Just Before a Really Good Meal.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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