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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Tuesday 15th December

December 16, 2009

Brrr it was extremely cold coming home from work tonight. If I don’t wake up to see at least a light covering of snow on the ground I’ll be surprised. I’m not entirely certain about what time of the year tulips come into bloom, but I doubt it would be winter, so listening to an […]

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Tuesday 1st December

December 2, 2009

I hate December so much. Work was a nightmare today, really it already feels like my holiday happened way off in the distant past. Fighting off a headache tonight as I write this, so sorry if my thoughts are a little pedestrian this time. The CD I have finally got around to writing about tonight […]

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Thursday 12th November

November 12, 2009

A day off today, spent tidying and cleaning mainly, but also waiting for the endless pounding rain to stop for long enough to walk to the post office and back. The postal strike is very much over here now, and over recent days I have been inundated with new CDs to listen to, enough to […]

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