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SPAZA: SPAZA

Read "SPAZA" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

SPAZA, the debut from an improvisational collective based in Johannesburg, South Africa, may be the most surprising and gratifying album you hear this year by a group you've never heard of before. (The collective itself happens to be named—you guessed it--SPAZA.) The press materials note that the music was “completely improvised" and that SPAZA is part of the “experimental music" scene, which might lead you to expect a free-jazz blowout, but the tone is mellow overall and the improvisations harmonically ...


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