Magnetiques AM 118 CD
If you thought that avant-garde post-jazz
improvisation had vanished forever, think again. Practitioners of the
art have always needed to have at their fingertips a combination of incredible
virtuosity, an innate grasp of musical form and the ability to listen
analytically, even when wailing away on an instrument. In the past, some
players revealed their weaknesses in this kind of exercise. But if anyone
possesses such magic these days, Weins, Goldstein and Anandan have it,
as evidenced on this new CD.
The metallic combinations of the solo violin linked with guitar at times
remind one of King Crimson in their Lark1s Tongue in Aspic era, particularly
in Ra Ma. However, this Montreal-based trio strives for more stratospheric
heights than anything we heard in 1973. Of the most effective pieces,
Fra Ma Ga Ra includes saxophonist Frank Lozano. Anandan1s gentle kalimba
leads us into an oasis of peace on the last track, Lullaby.
Ambiances Magnetiques persist in publishing discs in cardboard tri-fold
sleeves, for reasons unclear. They1re easily bent or mangled if you pop
them in pocket or purse. Nonetheless, it gives the designer a big area
to work in. But the photo has the musicians posing stiffly, bundled in
winter overcoats with instrument cases slung about them. Surely it would
have been more interesting to show us a glimpse of the session itself,
with musicians in the white heat of improvisation. Nevertheless, this
is a remarkable disc.