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With no tracks listedthere are two pieces here, total duration 45 minutesand little information presented beyond the fact that it was recorded in concert in October 2005 in Milwaukee, this release is appealingly minimalist in its design and its packaging. Appropriately enough, it is also appealingly minimalist when it plays.
Largely forsaking overtly expressed rhythm, Jon Mueller and Jason Khan show admirable restraint in their use of percussion, with little evidence of objects being struckone dramatically placed snare shot is an obvious exception. Bowing and scraping seem to be their methods of choice, and these are used to create a rich and complex soundscape. From the credits, I know that the percussion is augmented using cassettes and synth; however, these elements are so totally integrated that you would really have to listen hard to disentangle them. Far better not to, and just enjoy the totality.
The overall result is a multilayered, slowly evolving drone effect that nevertheless contains enough variety of texture and micro-detail to hold you spellbound. Throughout, the sound palette is bottom-heavy, underpinned by a satisfying bass drone that you can feel, even when it is overlaid by other more attention-seeking sounds. Be prepared to love it.
Another fine record from Formed (the label's fourth), which is already raising expectations with each new release.
Track Listing: No titles.
Personnel: Jon Mueller: percussion, cassettes; Jason Khan: percussion, analogue synthesiser.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com