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Recorded live, this effort represents one of several new releases from the Norway-based avant-garde record label SOFA. The collective features British vocal improviser Phil Minton and fellow compatriot, keyboardist Pat Thomas as the duo augments a group of forward thinking Scandinavian artists. Here, drummer Ingar Zach and others align their improvisational wares for a set teeming with twisted dialogue and discombobulated tone poems. Nevertheless, the septet investigates a plethora of soundscapes via a sometimes, playful approach atop alien soundscapes. The musicians pursue cartoon-like imagery thanks to their generally, odd harmonic voicings and intermittent doses of wit and whimsy. Even though guitarist Ivar Grydeland is apt to put the pedal to the metal on occasion. They perpetuate an unusual balance of voicings, consisting of tenor saxophonist Hakon Kornstad’s boisterous escapades and Minton’s affable yet rather unruly vocalise. The listener might detect spirits hovering atop their listening quarters, as the band integrates chaotic passages into what might appear to be weird and wonderful dwellings. With this outing, the musicians simply goad our imaginations. Recommended.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.