This live sound recorded at a Belgian venue vividly transfers to disc, augmenting the dual percussionist-backed quartet's investigative mechanics amid crashing cadenzas, moments of quietude, and multilayered formulations. Featuring eminent Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove and vibraphonist Els Vandeweyer on the front end, the improvisational format yields a democratic approach as the musicians generally operate from the same temporal plane atop bristling asymmetrical movements and a polytonal soundstage.
The artists' lucid creative faculties shine radiantly on "H2," as Van Hove kicks matters into high gear with his swarming chord clusters and flourishing dynamics, brashly shaded by the percussionists' smacking and dabbing attack. The quartet casts a menacing scenario via scurrying patterns and undulating passages, where Vandeweyer provides concise tonal treatments over the top. With a few seismic implosions, they also lighten the energy quotient during the bridge, where the pianist gently darts across the eighty-eights, generating a form of rhythmic counterpoint as he glides an object across his piano strings. Thus do a few bizarre or unearthly treatments spin yet another contrast, as they close it out by revisiting the intro and wind it down to a near whisper. Indeed, the musicians carve out an antithesis to the norm, as they do their utmost to integrate instantaneous compositional elements into the fervidly executed improvisational schema.
Track Listing: H1; h2; h3; h4.
Personnel: Els Vandeweyer: vibraphone; Fred Van Hove: piano, accordion; Paul Lovens:
percussion; Martin Blume: percussion.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.