239

Nemu Records: Carnival Skin and Mars

Andrey Henkin By

Sign in to view read count








Carnival Skin
Carnival Skin
Nemu
2006


Syntopia Quartet
Mars
Nemu
2005




A European label like Nemu has the flexibility to present performers based both close by and across the pond. The only requirement, crucial for a new label, is a shared aesthetic. Not music that all sounds the same, but accomplishes similar things. Carnival Skin is a quintet of Americans except for German drummer Klaus Kugel, who is one of four Europeans in the Syntopia Quartet. Both albums are compelling, feature unusual front lines and highlight the often drastic differences between American and European jazz that no one usually wants to admit.

Carnival Skin is led by the clarinet of Perry Robinson and the trumpets of Peter Evans. Don't expect tradition though. Bruce Eisenbeil's dissonant guitar is the main mover across the six tracks. Syntopia is propelled by violin and clarinet, supported by rhythm section. Whereas Carnival is brash and outgoing, Syntopia works in a classically-inspired realm, subtle and and introverted. And as the volume of Carnival's drums and guitar forces the clarinet and trumpet into playing louder than usual, Syntopia's delicacy requires understatement from its rhythm section. The best part of each album is when Carnival achieves Syntopia-like calm and when Syntopia has Carnival-like fits and appreciating how differently each group comes to those points, the beginnings of a wonderful Nemu aesthetic.


Tracks and Personnel

Carnival Skin

Tracks: Journey to Strange; Monster; Iono; Bobosong; Diagonal People; Carnival Skin.

Personnel: Perry Robinson: clarinet; Peter Evans: trumpet; Bruce Eisenbeil: guitar; Hill Greene: bass; Klaus Kugel: drums.

Mars

Tracks: Goodbye Earth; Chryse Planitia; Tempe Terre; Elysium Planitia; Newton Basin; Chasma Boreale; Back to Earth

Personnel: Albrecht Maurer: violin, gothic fiddel; Claudio Puntin: clarinet, bass clarinet; Dieter Manderscheid: bass; Klaus Kugel: drums.


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Two Sides of John Wetton Multiple Reviews Two Sides of John Wetton
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 20, 2017
Read The Pianist as Director: Ryuichi Sakamoto and August Rosenbaum Multiple Reviews The Pianist as Director: Ryuichi Sakamoto and August...
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 13, 2017
Read A Sense of Place Multiple Reviews A Sense of Place
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 12, 2017
Read David Murray Octets on Black Saint Multiple Reviews David Murray Octets on Black Saint
by Patrick Burnette
Published: October 11, 2017
Read New and Notable Releases Multiple Reviews New and Notable Releases
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 4, 2017
Read "2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon" Multiple Reviews 2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Blues Deluxe: Colin James, Matthew Curry and Johnny Nicholas" Multiple Reviews Blues Deluxe: Colin James, Matthew Curry and Johnny Nicholas
by Doug Collette
Published: January 14, 2017
Read "Guitars on Three Continents" Multiple Reviews Guitars on Three Continents
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 16, 2017
Read "Allison Miller & Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel" Multiple Reviews Allison Miller & Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel
by Doug Collette
Published: November 4, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.