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Album Review

Bohren & der Club of Gore: Patchouli Blue

Read "Patchouli Blue" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Momentum is a relative notion in the dark, doom-jazz world of Bohren & der Club of Gore. In the five years since its last studio album, Piano Nights (Pias Recordings, 2014), it has scaled back to a trio with the departure of long-time drummer Thorsten Benning. The shift from the earlier “doom metal jazz" was more than a subtle alteration. The German band, which has been together for almost thirty years, replaced one-time heavy metal guitarist Reiner Henseleit with tenor ...

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Album Review

Delgres: Mo Jodi

Read "Mo Jodi" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


The France-based trio Delgres have successfully created one of the year's strongest all round albums. Sung mostly in Creole, the project's heartfelt social statements come through clearly in global terms nonetheless. The band is named after Louis Delgres, an infantry officer who died in the rebellion after Napoleon's 19th century campaign to reintroduce slavery in the French Caribbean. Typical themes involving romance or infatuation are tightly surveyed with a sweet, amplified dobro twang and covered with rugged grace ...

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Bohren & der Club of Gore: Piano Nights

Read "Piano Nights" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Of the many hard-to-define sub-genres of jazz, “dark jazz" may be the most challenging to classify. Exemplifying the category is Bohren & der Club of Gore's Piano Nights . The German quartet, whose members have a variety of doom metal origins, has morphed their earlier inclinations into a hybrid that has little to suggest the player's roots. Unequal parts of ambient, experimental and modern jazz, it represents the most radical career transition since Charles Lloyd joined the Beach Boys.


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