Forward thinking guitarist Noel Akchote performs microtonal, electronically induced themes on his latest excursion titled, Rien. With this release, the guitarist enlists the support of computer performer Erik Minkkinen and Andrew Sharpley who handles the sampler and turntable duties. Essentially, these eleven tracks maintain a relatively invariable flow which is evident on pieces such as “Mords”, “Cesse” and others, where the musicians meld subtle electronics, Akchote’s barely audible chord manipulations, cavernous explorations and dark tonalities with programmatic interplay. At times, it seems as though the musicians are more concerned with creating soft textures that oscillate in repetitive fashion.
Although, the overall production might fall within the realm of experimental ambient electronica, Rien progresses at a snails pace and becomes a bit tedious, especially during the midsection. And while there are some intriguing moments, the intentions or perhaps underlying message is a bit confounding at best. Some might find this set to be fascinating; however, when viewed as a whole – Rien fails to sustain any noticeable interest.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.