вторник, 11 февраля 2014 г.

Joshua Abrams - Represencing (2012)

Joshua Abrams - Represencing (Eremite Records, 2012)

Joshua Abrams: guimbri, organ, ms20, harps, bells, harmonium, mpc
Lisa Alvarado: gong & harmonium (4, 7, 8)
Mikel Avery: drums (4, 5)
David Boykin: tenor saxophone (4, 6)
Emmett Kelly: electric & acoustic guitars (4, 7)
Nicole Mitchell: flutes (6)
Jeff Parker: electric guitar (8)
Tomeka Reid: cello (5)
Jason Stein: bass clarinet (6)
Chad Taylor: gong & drums (1, 2)
Michael Zerang: tambourine (8)

1. San Anto
2. Represencing
3. Moon Hunger
4. Sound Talisman
5. Sungazer
6. The Ba
7. Enter Mountain Amulet
8. Cloud Walking
9. Hidden Track

Chicago jazz/improvised music bassist Joshua Abrams brings out the guimbri, a three-stringed North African ceremonial lute, when playing with his Natural Information Society. Live, the instrument’s hypnotic groove provides the supple, willowy base from which the other instrumentalists leap. On his new album, Represencing, Abrams assembles some of the city’s best improvisers to work over the guimbri, but that droning beauty always lies at the core.

While plenty of modern musicians denounce the use of iPods and other on-the-go listening, the necessity of sitting at a record player and focusing for ritual trance music is kind of undeniable  – not to mention that this is a vinyl-only release. That immediacy and communal relationship is one that carries over from the recording process itself, as Abrams invited the improvisers into his home studio.

Dropping the needle onto the first side of the LP initiates the upward spiral, Chad Taylor’s gong and hand drums interlocking with Abrams’ guimbri, bubbling springs of David Boykin’s tenor saxophone purling outwards. The night falls as the first half closes on “Moon Hunger”, Boykin’s lightly breathed flourishes, the drama of rippling organ and Abrams’ lithe, repeating tone-clusters falling away into the night.

The second half of the disc re-starts the process, gongs and harmonium drone bringing the listener back into the meditative state. The sun rises again as well, Tomeka Reid’s cello curling around and flitting in eclipsing glory. It all closes with the entrancing “Cloud Walking”, with Michael Zerang somehow making even the tambourine an interesting addition to a track.

The core, though, remains the guimbri, Abrams’ playing on songs like “Enter Mountain Amulet” hitching, stuttering, and flowing at all the right moments to get you swaying like a mystic. Represencing is the kind of album that effaces the reality that you know exists outside of it, returning you to a time and place in which this sort of ritual trance focuses life. [Consequense of Sound]


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вторник, 4 февраля 2014 г.

Brom - Nebula (2014)

Brom - Nebula (Fancy Music, 2014)

Anton Ponomarev: alto sax
Dmitry Lapshin
: bass guitar
Oksana Grigorieva: drums

1. Nebula (00:51)
2. Rags (09:41)
3. Sugar Lion (04:22)   
4. Skid (05:28)
5. Bedsheet (05:46)   
6. Torch (06:13)
7. I Often Say "Thank You" (05:24)
8. Liquid Cold (04:54)

БРОМ / [Br]om plays its own mixture of genres, combining avant-jazz with punk. It is strong and structured music, they call it "no jazz" or "jazz punk". "Brom is still staying as Eye Nebula not fitting to any genre attributes" (с) Dmitry Ukhov.

Guys play with lots of different bands, prefer playing with noise bands also, garage and avant-garde bands. They really made lots of live collaborations and the first time I saw them it was a ground breaking show with Moscow stoner-doom idols The Moon Mistress. Brom shows are electric or acoustic line up, no matter how they bring you some structure feeling that you want to keep in mind, and this is a bad idea if you try to check the next band in the evening after catching that structure. Bon apetite, bro. This is second official album and the last one with electric line up, now guys play only in acoustics: Konstantin Sukhan (trumpet), Anton Ponomarev (baritone sax) and Dmitry Lapshin (double bass). Listen to their new line up here on "Concert for Friends" live album: http://brom.bandcamp.com/album/concert-for-friends . The album with this new line up is already recorded and ready to be released in the nearest time this year!

Brom on FB: https://facebook.com/brom.band Nebula also released on Fancy Music Records [FANCY035] with alternative cover art. "Brom" undoubtedly is perfectly co-ordinated, every musician feels each other. All this allow musicians to develop such an unusual style to which no one goes and appeals in Russia. The style built on a clear riff structure with floating melodic line with sound strokes (sometimes separated, sometimes even unrelated) drifting apart or forming distinct structural composition. Alexey Kruglov.

Recorded March 2012 Moscow.
Engeneered by Ilia Eskevitch.
Mixed and mastered by Nikita Onisenko.
Cover design by Dmitry Lapshin.

- it is my best friends! It is unique russian jazz band! Don't miss it!!!

You can download it for free from here: http://brom.bandcamp.com/album/nebula