329

The Antripodean Collective: Funcall

By

Sign in to view read count
The Antripodean Collective: Funcall The Antripodean Collective is a quartet of four Australians seeking their own niche in the world of freely improvised jazz. Relinquishing dissonant pyrotechnics in favor of carefully placed event-driven moments, the group nods toward the AACM's spatial framework while still managing to carve out its own place in the improvisational landscape.



The unit's instrumental makeup is one rarely heard, and the music is all the more effective for it. John Rodgers' violin is capable of melding beautifully with the outlining piano of Marc Hannaford while Scott Tinkler's trumpet and Ken Edie's drum work further serve the unit's textural sound world. The opening "Tagbody" displays from the outset the group's knack for spontaneous interaction. Each note of Tinkler's introduction is respected, only to be punctuated by Edie or Hannaford when the effect is greatest. The undulating nature of the work is beautifully constructed and when Rodgers and Tinkler merge notes for a held drone, the piece reshapes its momentum for its final minutes.



The pointillist interactions of "Block" often find the unit stripping down to duets, opening with only Rodgers and Tinkler. Later on it is Rodgers and Hannaford who join up before Edie enters with sporadic but fleeting runs as Tinkler rejoins to close the track. The working method is a perfect encapsulation of the group's unselfish nature. When all members do play, the effect is that much more provocative due to its scarcity.



"Gensym" opens with Hannaford hammering at the keys in what is the least cautious construction on the album. Still, the unit never sinks into cliched forms or all- out blowing as they wander through their distinctive sonic territory. The sparse, almost folk-like feel to "Gethash" could be an extremely loose and fluid cover of some ancient melody. The fact that it is culled from freely improvised sessions makes it all the more effective.



The closing "Dribble," with its focus on quick responses of floating lines and timbral shapings is a suitable closing to an album which likely represents only a small fraction of this talented unit's oeuvre.


Track Listing: Tagbody; Block; Gensym; Gethash; Dribble.

Personnel: John Rodgers: violin; Scott Tinkler: trumpet; Marc Hannaford: piano; Ken Edie: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Extreme (Australia) | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Connection" CD/LP/Track Review Connection
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 11, 2016
Read "Deep Memory" CD/LP/Track Review Deep Memory
by John Sharpe
Published: December 22, 2016
Read "Metamorphosis" CD/LP/Track Review Metamorphosis
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 26, 2016
Read "A Woman's Work..." CD/LP/Track Review A Woman's Work...
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 30, 2017
Read "Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island" CD/LP/Track Review Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 6, 2016
Read "The Picasso Zone" CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 11, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!