Source: A New Wave Of Jazz.
ANTON MOBIN & MARTINA VERHOEVEN – CURE AND MOUND (cd)
“Anton Mobin’s ultra-deep growls, somewhat reminiscent of the beating of a mammoth’s heart, are spectacular. Add to that the screeches and hums, wobbly waves, countless jittery effects and puzzling moans, and you are at the mercy of a relentless sound generator. The beautiful thing is that Martina Verhoeven matches him step by step. Not by copying or attempting a kind of excessively brutal physicality, but by approaching the piano with a similar openness, eagerly exploiting the possibilities of inside playing, the fondling and manipulation of strings and wood, combined with an equally unconventional treatment of the ivory. To Cecil Taylor, the piano itself sounded like an orchestra, and occasionally, something similar seems to be going on for Verhoeven. The piano is an instrument she inhabits, turning the 88 tuned drums into a generator for rhythm, shapes, turbulence and a sheer endless provocation of sounds and ideas. ” Guy Peters
JOHN EDWARDS – MELANCHOLIA (cd)
“Throughout it all, you can actually hear – it can’t be just a figment of my imagination – the sheer joy of creating this compendium of sounds together, with space, counterpoint and independent simultaneous action. A lot of studying, practising and thinking was done by these musicians, but during these 45 minutes, a childlike spontaneity reigns. And it is infectious as hell. ” Guy Peters
TOM JACKSON & COLIN WEBSTER – THE OTHER LIES (cd)
“Colin Webster and Tom Jackson have become experts at this game of shapeshifting. Webster, a well-known figure for anyone who has been keeping up with this label, is a true sound explorer, comfortable in the most diverse stylistic surroundings, but also keen to explore his instruments’ potential. Clarinet player Tom Jackson, who has previously recorded with other familiar ‘NWOJ-musicians’ such as Benedict Taylor and Daniel Thompson, is a suitable match. With a sound that refers to the jazz tradition, innovators like John Carter and contemporary classical music, he is as skilled at avoiding proven formulas. In fact, the most striking aspect of The Other Lies might be its unpredictability” Guy Peters
Alto And baritone saxophones