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Solo sax – The searchers


 Many of the music reviewed yesterday was nonetheless within the realm between trendy jazz and free jazz. Right now, we offer you an summary of solo sax albums that transcend type and style, integrating electronics and studio results. 

Bendik Giske – Cracks (Smalltown Supersound, 2021)

Norwegian saxophonist Bendik Giske works inside his personal musical universe, characterised by the «expressive use of physicality, vulnerability and endurance«. On «Cracks» he’s assisted by the studio setting arrange by producer André Bratten. If I perceive it properly, the area is full with mics who reply to the sound of the sax, relying on Giske’s place and motion within the area. 

The liner notes discuss «the brand new “resonant” area of Bratten’s reactive studio tuned to his authentic sounds. If this new studio-as-an-instrument course of has introduced Giske one step nearer to the man-machine, it’s additionally a method to bridge the separation – or crack – between the 2. This sort of liminal area, in response to Giske, is to be treasured. “The tracks wedge themselves into the cracks of our perceived actuality to discover them for his or her magnificence,” explains Giske. “A celebration of corporeal states and divergent behaviours.” 

As a listener you get handled to some firstclass saxophone taking part in, with a number of round respiration, which – together with the digital loops, end in mesmerising soundscapes. 

Watch the attractive «Flutter» video. 

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Colin Webster – Citadel (Superpang, 2021)

Colin Webster treats us to a 20-minute sonic tidal wave of baritone saxophone and synth-generated loops and layers. It requires some effort to take heed to this with consideration, as the large sound seems montonous at first hear but it accommodates myriads of slight variations and adjustments. As a listener you’re swept up by this, to develop into a part of the inexorable and primal drive, or presumably crushed by it. 

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José Lencastre – Interior Voices (Burning Ambulance, 2022)

This isn’t a pure solo album, since José Lencastre performs alto and tenor with many overdubs, sounding like a quartet or extra, with digital alterations made throughout manufacturing. The main focus is on the harmonic constructions, and ‘edifice’ would possibly even be a greater phrase, as a result of the comparatively brief items are sonic constructions with sounds produced by one musician, fastidiously crafted, finalised with precision. The melodies and themes have a naive high quality, and will usually come from easy folks songs, relatively than jazz, but they create the polyphonic complexity of recent classical music (at instances Michael Nyman involves thoughts). 

The final two tracks deliver a whole change within the musical setting. If the primary eight tracks are compact musical jigsaw puzzles, the the final two current extra open-ended improvised music that has develop into electronically altered with extra synth sounds. By itself each items are value listening to, however the stylistic break with the remainder of the album is simply too massive to make the entire a coherent endeavour. It may be that it reveals the distinction between «Interior Voices» which can be rational and organised (Appolonian in nature) whereas different ‘internal voices’ might be emotional and chaotic (Dionysan in nature). 

Regardless of the motive, it’s an album value on the lookout for. 

In gentle of his profession in improvised music thus far, that is an outlier. 



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