Norwegian improvising musicians drummer Ingar Zach and electric guitarist Ivar Grydeland engage in some acerbic, scrappy dialogue throughout these free-style exchanges. Here, the music expands and contracts amid the duo's abundance of abbreviated motifs. With "Sofamiliar," the drummer conjures up steely-edged sounds via his arsenal of cymbals, while on "First Visit," the guitarist's discordant phraseology complements Zach's polyrhythmic blitz. Grydeland also pursues a series of diametrically opposed angles, largely due to intermittent injections of succinctly stated chord developments, windswept EFX sounds, and clipped themes.
Overall this team explores a variety of abstract concepts as they manage to drift off into separately devised excursions while also delving into odd-metered rhythmic structures and atonal diatribes. However, the duo frequently executes a few steamy, bump and grind type episodes atop some of the controlled chaos and subliminal complexities. Essentially, the musicians generate a good deal of interest on this compactly organized set.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.