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»Musikalische Improvisationen im Reaktor« is what you should know first. A beautiful sound full of natural reverb, real nice tones and players obviously for a sort of »end of the times« suite. With the addition of strings later on, this music is on one side superbly played and written and on the other one so…

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25.01.2006

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»Downtown Science«

While many music critics are trying to announce the fall and death of electronic music (against a return to guitar music or rock bands), we still get loads of products coming out each week. It’s also true that listening to Blockhead sampling (or more often just playing it full length) 50’s easy listening and familly…

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25.01.2006

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»TP 3 Reloaded«

Includes the hits »Trapped in the closet (Chapters 1-5)« seems important enough here to be sticked on this new release. It doesnt probably have any relation at all with the Charles Bukowski novel where he describes a west coast »all of litterature fame« party from the loo while taking a shit. Exploring further into the…

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25.01.2006

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»Retrospective 1940-1953«

»So what are you looking for exactly, something easy, some new stuff?«, says the salesman to our client, lost in between two freshly arrived piles of the new »Groove or Die – Best of Clubs« vs. »Plays the music of Doom, with extra bonus unreleased tracks« (special bargain price for first week buyers only, get…

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08.10.2005

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»Ways out East – Ways out West« | »Oort-Entropy« | »Dakryon«

Here comes the times of a difficult exercise. I started to listen to these three albums altogether, I mean switching tracks like: # 7 of this followed by # 1 of that and right in the middle of the third one. Will I allow myself to say what I really think, feel, get in mind…

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08.10.2005

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»Funky Drumming« | »Hot, Funky & Sweaty«

First of all let me take this opportunity to tell the label one thing: Why,with such great compilations of fantastic or special tracks, do we need to get such an awful layout? »Funky Drumming« is a top selection from a total unknown drummer to me (Gomezz from the »Reamon«? A Yamaha endorser though). All taken…

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08.10.2005

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»The First Recordings«

Somewhere I have a tape of Gulda and Cecil Taylor as a duet. I wonder if that got on a record. Cecil Taylor like Derek has this precious thing in their performing that they never quite really play »with« you. They play next or around you when not: you’re played by them. I must say…

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08.10.2005

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»Takoyakikun«

After a day of reviews it can happen that you just want to switch on the TV and watch EuroSport-channel, in search for some people actually DOING something as opposed to people pretending to (artists, labels, etc.). There’s an actual massive loss in doing reviews, CD after CD you start to get a picture of…

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08.10.2005

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»Live at Bla«

I can’t help, it’s so obvious that until I’ve done it for good I’ll have it in mind turning so here is that stupid joke: the thing with THE THING is: bla-bla-bla (finish yourself). The Thing is a trio joining saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, contrabassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. What they do is a…

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08.10.2005

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»Choose Love«

Yes Ringo, well done again. Choose Love is his forever new album, the one before the next one, and most of the time the previous one we all sort of forgot which one it was already. Alike Bob Dylan, Ringo has a talent to make the whole thing Look-Sound-Feel like it could be twenty years…

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08.10.2005

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»Bird Jam«

Zawinul live at Zawinul’s. His syndicate being since over 30 years and even before it was called such, the golden school of world musicians and other undiscovered talents from Africa. It s true that this particular double live album wont let you discover a new side of the Austrian master of keyboards but at least…

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30.09.2005

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»Knowing You«

Talking Revival? Dig swing and Broadway Repertoire? Like Guitar á la good old daddy striking the strings up and down? Here you are, her Majesty is served twice. Pizzarelli Junior (John is the son of Bucky P. known by most of the jazz and beyond aficionados as one of the top session and jazz player…

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30.09.2005

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»That’s What I Say (Plays the Music of Ray Charles)«

Stamped on the CD itself, but twice as big as the credits of the album is a little warning: »FBI anti-piracy warning statement«. A sign of the times? Beware of fake artists and always ask your local dealer for »the real shit« (Like Shakira, 50 cents, Moby or Jennifer Lopez)? I’m sure FBI can help…

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30.09.2005

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»Another Sad Goodbye«

Produced and Mixed by Pop Chubby says the orange flashy sticker on the cover. What is not said is that Camilleri is a R&B, Blues guitar player and Vocalist from Winterthur ??? Schweiz, which is not exactly a city known for it s honky-tonky-rollin‘ tradition. Nevertheless, Camilleri does pretty good in an area where it’s…

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29.09.2005

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»Hipothetik Disasters«

Rare and Indus grooves in sampled and electronic music. Not much really to say here as the general feeling is rather functional and atmosphere music. It often happens that in a bar, disturbed by all sorts of noises and activities, such music supports well some kind of audio perceptions. Lady Atone with Bx Style and…

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29.09.2005

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»Code 46« | »Nathan Larson – Film Musik« | »The Cooler« | »My Architect«

Listening to nowadays film soundtracks can often makes you go back to yesterday’s ones also. Not that there’s been so much progress in the function of music in films or in the compositional techniques to illustrate, reinforce or point out suddenly something happening on a screen. And if you think it’s a negative comment, you’re…

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29.09.2005

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»Fearless«

Kane sings for the girls though you can’t precisely say it’s a boys band. It’s just a trio taking a walk on the sea-side and then flying a B-52 back to the studio. When you open your new album with a real slow ballad you’d better know what your audience likes. It’s indeed the sort…

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29.09.2005

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»Dynamite« | »Odditorium or Warlords of Mars« | »Possibilities«

Why would I review these three albums altogether? Because I felt pretty quickly, while playing these, that one comment on the first would apply even better to the next album and vice versa? The main reason is that I feel audiences listening and buying any of these three are people who care very little for…

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29.09.2005

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»Jazzwerkstatt Wien 2005«

I’ve thought of a dozen ways to open this review but the best one is for me to shut up and listen to the fantastic opening of this double album itself: Koller Riff by Salesny’s Hans Koller tribute. Sounds so dense and full that you get thrown back into Mingus workshops and the early Globe…

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29.09.2005

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»Three Dances« | »Stand Clear«

I originally wrote, about 2 weeks ago, a much longer review of these two albums as one same problem, question, direction and text. It started like that: »Claude Simon died last days and i assume he suffered his whole life from the \’nouveau roman\‘ etiquette though his own works went far above any etiquettes […]«…

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29.09.2005

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»Like Back In The Days«

Saxophone, organ and drums. »Like Back In The Days« is indeed a proper expression and a clear intention for this album. Everything takes you back to the great organ combos, everything but the little something else that made this music so funky, sweaty, tight somehow. If these three musicians are without any question all really…

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23.05.2005

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»Frank«

Would she not come out the same month as Duran Duran’s Re-take-off, I’d probably re-route you all to Amy Whinehouse’s »Frank« debut album as »the« thing you need to hear. She’s a ›better Feist‹ one might say ( à la »spex«). No! She ’s possibly much more than that. I like the fact that after…

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27.12.2004

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Piano Jazz

I love surprises. I expected just a late duo album and here I find a serie of radio broadcasts presented by Marian Mc Partland herself. Everyting’s the old fashioned way here: She welcomes guests, talks to them a little and then they play together a lovely piece of music. Well, she is clearly another very…

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16.12.2004

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s/t

Unlike many sound experiments, this one is listenable, even enjoyable. Keeps the attention for what happens next. The first impression I got was that it is a recording of sounds that can be heard in the toy-box, in the childrens room, when everyone is sleeping. But that???s the first impression. The pieces are leading us…

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16.12.2004

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The beginning of the CD doesn???t leave the impression that you would listen to it to relax, when you come home late at night, all tired and stressed out. Noise as much as two guitars and a drum can make, make you feel even a bit uncomfortable, if not annoyed. But later on, through the…

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10.12.2004

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s/t

A very heterogenous CD. It starts with something you might hear in a worn out bar somewhere in New Orleans. Also you can hear several minutes of blowing instrument raping which is not so unusual in todays music art. Often musicians practice this sport, I would call it a lack of inspiration. It is possible that it depicts the state of mind and soul of the artist, then it served its aim, but it is not something a listener can enjoy.
Another mood that this CD presents, and which I liked the most, was something which would fit well with a hypothetical European film about a nameless, lonesome person with no future or past, in a big nameless city, living in a cold apartment. Noises of his dull life. Something you can actually hear in your own life if you listen. Most of us just don???t notice it, and if so,
this CD might make one aware of it.
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06.12.2004

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Ephemera

If you liked Abba, Beth Orthon, the Beach Boys or Buddy Holly, you’ll welcome now Ephemera without any complex. Three girls from Norway singing altogether simple and lovely pop & folk songs. It’s all soft, sensible, melodious and easy going. The very spare but totally appropriate production fits perfectly to titles like »Girls Keep Secrets…

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01.12.2004

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