CD Reviews

Thursday 11th February

February 12, 2010

Tonight’s album of choice is named Rebuses, a title that immediately reminds me of word and picture games a certain Mr Olewnick and I used to test each other with over at the JazzCorner website, something we really should do again soon sometime. Otherwise I’m not sure how the title links to the music here, but then I rarely do know these things. The disc is a recent release on the Monotype label from Poland, recorded back in 2004 by the trio of Masahiko Okura, Tetuzi Akiyama and Franz Hautzinger on the occasion of the Austrian’s visit to Tokyo. Of course these things shouldn’t and really don’t matter, but this recording, split into five tracks really sounds like it was recorded in 2004.

Improvised music as we know it is essentially the same thing it was when it first began to take recognisable shape several decades ago, but certainly there are styles of playing that re reminiscent of certain times and places in the music’s history. This CD, which contains an essentially continuous, silence-free musical discussion using mainly small sounds but played, or at least recorded at a hushed volume sounds so much like a recording from Tokyo from the first half of the last decade. I must state right now though that this is by no means a criticism. As a big fan of improv from that city at that time I would say it is quite the opposite in fact, but of course judging music by what time period it seems linked to is a ridiculous way to measure its quality anyway.

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Saturday 5th September

September 6, 2009

Walking home tonight I turned a corner into a dark residential street and came right across a cat that had its front paw planted right on the nose of a stunned hedgehog. The cat seemed to know what it was doing, carefully avoiding the spines so as not to hurt itself, toying with the little […]

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