пятница, 27 августа 2010 г.

Kiruna - Irun (2003)

Kiruna - Irun (2003)

Personnel:

Kåre Chr. Vestrheim - Rhodes, organ
Thomas Tofte - bass
Erland Dahlen - drums, percussion

Tracklisting:
1 - Chasing Tumbalo Ghori (6:08)
2 - Waters In The Dark (8:10)
3 - Siebab Retaw (4:14)
4 - A Brief Return Of Starlyn F. (4:30)
5 - Shepherd To The Forbidden Forest (5:39)
6 - The Irun Birds (8:47)
7 - Temple Of Tarasarus (5:11)

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воскресенье, 22 августа 2010 г.

Cult Junk Cafe - Cult Junk Cafe (1996)

Cult Junk Cafe - Cult Junk Cafe (1996)



  1. Morning Train Ritual (Ode to the Japanese Salary Man and Student) (6:31)
  2. Eigo ga jozu desu ne Part 1 (1:11)
  3. Nyarome from Earth (0:48)
  4. 114 (3:12)
  5. Upper Middle Hometown (2:28)
  6. Eigo ga jozu desu ne Part 2 (0:49)
  7. Can Jimmy Come Out and Play? (5:36)
  8. Genki Drink (1:08)
  9. Renalism (6:02)
  10. If You Drop Something... (3:44)
  11. Return of Nyarome (0:47)
  12. Re-entry Permit (2:06)
  13. A Man from North (5:25)

Cult Junk Cafe:
Kyota Yoshigami: guitar, buzz box
Yasuhiro Ohtani: guitar, sgx 2000
Kazutaka Sakamoto: piano, dx-7
Tsuguto Tsunoda: turntables, samples
Michael Hartman: drums

Guest:
Yoshihide Otomo (1, 3, 5, 8. 9, 11, 12): hand-made guitar, 6-string bass

Additional sounds by Todd Carter, Brent Gutzeit, and Michael Hartman (4)
Extra junk by Tsuguto Tsunoda, Yasuhiro Ohtani, Michael Hartman, Jin Sato, Miyuki Kodama, and Junco Okada (7)
Sampled voices by Tomomi Adachi (3, 11), Ami Yoshida (3, 9, 11), and Rena Kobayashi (9)

Recorded at Earth Studio by Naoaki Kose on February 25, 1996
Mixed at Western Sound Stuidos by Todd Carter and Michael Hartman on March 21-23, 1996
Design: Thomas Deater and Michael Hartman

Released 1996

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Francesco Diodati Neko - Purple Bra (2009)

Francesco Diodati Neko - Purple Bra (2009)

Personnel:

Francesco Bigoni - tenor sax
Francesco Diodati - guitar
Francesco Ponticelli - double bass
Ermanno Baron - drums

Tracklisting:

01. Kort (Diodati) 6:13
02. Neko (Diodati) 4:08
03. Purple Bra (Diodati) 6:38
04. Suvi (Diodati) 6:28
05. Finale Aspettato (Diodati) 4:21
06. Doctor BC (Diodati) 9:10
07. Krashing minds (Diodati) 2:33
08. Joy Plant (Diodati) 4:04
09. Hit (Diodati) 2:01
10. So Real (J. Buckley, M. Tighe) 5:59

The history of jazz has always favored the partnership of strong personalities, especially those of guitar and tenor saxophone collaborations. Memorable pairings have included: Jim Hall and Sonny Rollins, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, and Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner. Add to that list two Italian artists, guitarist Francesco Diodati and saxophonist Francesco Bigoni.

They make up half of Diodati's band NEKO, along with bassist Francesco Ponticelli and drummer Ermanno Baron. The quartet's debut, Purple Bra, highlights the saxophonist and guitarist's resonant playing, plus Diodati's writing, the leader having penned all but one of its nine tracks.

While steeped in jazz, NEKO doesn't shy away from the pervasive vernacular of rock, a global language understood beyond jazz. The title track exemplifies this direction, with Bigoni carrying the melody as Diodati drops thunderous guitar licks over aggressive beats. That is, until the persistence of the melody quiets the band, directing the players into a restrained and oh so hip swing. Diodati swaps thunder for tweaking guitar effects.

The band certainly can get loud, but noise is used sparingly. Mostly NEKO mines the interplay between groove and tension. The group can play lightning fast bebop ("Krashing Minds") or resigned ballads ("Joy Plant"), all the while with Diodati accenting the affair with interesting guitar effects that never distract from the music. Bigoni is best compared to Joe Lovano or Mark Turner, in that he seems never to play something that is ugly or vexed. On the beautiful and lightly melancholic "Neko" he soars, and on the duet "Hit," with acoustic guitar, his splintery solo is nearly heart-breaking.

The disc ends with a meditation on Jeff Buckley's pop song "So Real," starting off as loose threads of effects and tones and then coalescing into a beautifully stark folk song. The musicians successfully tip-toe the line between genres, making Purple Bra a most personal statement. [all about jazz]

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Kiruna - Tarasarus (2007)

Kiruna - Tarasarus (2007)

Personnel:

Kåre Chr. Vestrheim - Rhodes, organ
Thomas Tofte - bass, micromoog (track 3)
Erland Dahlen - drums, percussion

Special guests:
Rolf Yngve Uggen - lead guitar
Hallvard Wennersberg Hagen - electronics (right speaker)
Jens Petter Nilsen - electronics (left speaker)

Tracklisting:

01 - Preglow
02 - April 19
03 - Black Widow
04 - Winterkinder
05 - Raldo`s Autostrada
06 - Sirens Of A Lost City, Part I
07 - Sirens Of A Lost City, Part II
08 - San Francisco Car Chase
09 - Underworld
10 - Afterglow

Irritating and fascinating! This is the second album of this Norwegian band - really hard to catch ... It is said Thomas Tofte, Erland Dahlen and Kåre Vestrheim went into the studio without any set plan and developed the musical ideas through free improvisation. With the help of some guests 'Tarasarus' holds instrumental jamming sounds like coming from another planet. The studio line-up is presenting a gloomy avantgarde styled bouquet with spacey, industrial krautrock, fusion and heavy crushing elements. Lush and playful electronics are substituting electric guitars. The sound mix has turned out in a luxuriant manner.

The opener Preglow appears like a warmup - a mixture of electronic sounds with a spacey background. KIRUNA is gliding into April 19 then - a song which reminds me of Terje Rypdal first, escalating more and more with drums, organ and bass inspiring each other. Belonging to my favourites Black Widow follows with a fusion inspired groove and wonderful Rhodes add-ons. On Raldo's Autostrada the band is supported by guest guitarist Rolf Yngve Uggen (ex Gluecifer). Dynamic pure and my highlight. This song has reached for a comfortable place in my best of song collection in the meanwhile - what a powerful heavy psychedelic presence! The 'Bitches Brew' and Soft Machine inspired The Underworld shows the three basic instruments soloing and swirling around each other lead by a special dramaturgy - wow! The vinyl only bonus track San Francisco Car Chase finally attracts my attention because made up like a Weather Report inspired fusion piece.

KIRUNA defines an unique environment with the songs. As for a conclusion my feelings are so so - I like those already mentioned tracks very much - they are more catchy I would say. But with the others I'm not able to make friends (at least yet) because they are crossing an imaginary line - too weird and free-formed noisy. Anyhow - 'Tarasarus' will appeal to fans of an avantgarde experimental approach for sure. [Prog Archives]


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