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I overheard a conversation the other day. It was recorded by the duo HEAR, Joey Oz and Hannes Giger. Not knowing where it started or how it ends, their banter was an inside joke...that I understood. The forty-seven tracks comprising this release include 30 musical haikus. But even the longer pieces are fragments of thoughts. Scraps of conversations, like lines from favorite movies repeated so often you forgot what movie and who were the actors. In our postmodern world, or are we post(postmodern)? Why wait for a concept, a score, a producer, some industry executive, a public relations team, and of course a music video to present a musician’s art? Oz and Giger sit facing each other, laughing joking, and playing. Like the Futurist musician Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, HEAR takes sounds out of the confinements of music or speech to delve into thought and feeling.
Track List:Ballad In A Minor; Roll On All Over – Dirty Sounds; Triangulos; Woody Sounds; Nomen Est Omen; Yellow; Monotomy; Funky Flutes; Sounds From Our Space; Like A Black Riverbed; Orubuschga; 30 Short Stories; Uni-Son-Tri-Ton; Cicadas; Tonfisch I; Boeing; Waldteufeleien; Tonfisch II.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.