Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

92

Trapist: Brandlmayr - Siewert - Williamson: Highway My Friend

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Here, some might draw parallels to the European avant-garde or more specifically, a budding Austrian movement witnessed on recent releases by the “Durian” record label. Guitarist Martin Siewert (Austria), drummer Martin Bradnlmayr (Austria) and bassist Joe Williamson (Canada) perform with a minimalist type spirit on this quietly fascinating effort. Recorded live in Vienna, you could barely detect a pin drop as the musicians fuse subtle thematic statements with an approach that defies categorization. Alternatively, the trio generates a stylistic approach that defies logic. On “Mascoma,” the artists’ convey a calm before the storm mindset via eerie and at times subversive dialogue emanating from Barandlmayr’s faint, metronome like pulse and Siewert’s subtle EFX treatments. However, Williamson generates ethereal moods during several of these pieces, due to his disciplined bowed bass patterns.

The band incorporates unwieldy elements of space rock, free jazz, and more, yet metaphors or analogies cannot accurately describe their overall game plan. With the work titled “Impex,” Williamson’s fluttering arco bass lines cast a foreboding aura amid Siewert’s delicately fabricated distortions. Essentially, the group treks atop a virtual plane that might elicit notions of an x-y axis, although on works such as “Fenrus,” they engage in a loosely organized, free-improv exercise. A beguiling effort indeed! (Highly recommended)

hatOLOGY


Track Listing: 1.Mascona 2.FM 3.Impex 4.E101 5.Mine Was The Shoulder You Cried On That Day 6.Fenrus 7.Mile

Personnel: Martin Brandlymayr: drums, percussion

Title: Highway My Friend | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Hat Hut Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read The Influencing Machine CD/LP/Track Review The Influencing Machine
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 17, 2018
Read Presence CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Geannine Reid
Published: January 17, 2018
Read Flaneur CD/LP/Track Review Flaneur
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 16, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 16, 2018
Read "The Big Beat" CD/LP/Track Review The Big Beat
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 16, 2017
Read "What Time Is It?" CD/LP/Track Review What Time Is It?
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: June 10, 2017
Read "The Elements" CD/LP/Track Review The Elements
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 25, 2017
Read "Seven Secrets" CD/LP/Track Review Seven Secrets
by John Kelman
Published: May 26, 2017
Read "Outside The Comfort Zone" CD/LP/Track Review Outside The Comfort Zone
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 24, 2017
Read "Goat Man & The House of the Dead" CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017