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6/10 Steven Customer review, 26th July 2013
Here’s some weird stuff. André Vida is a Hungarian American saxophonist who doesn’t always sound like a saxophonist and the PAN label, known for releasing tunes not afraid of disturbing, offers a collection of recordings from 1995-2011 in form of a three CD set in absolutely stunning artwork, even for the already very high standard of PAN’s output. There’s a variety of sounds presented throughout the release, from solo saxophone tunes to unclassifiable sound experimentations, bits of singing, improvisations accompanied by several other players on several other instruments and the excellent jazz sessions on the third CD recorded in Kreuzberg, Berlin. It’s hard to summarise what is happening here and it’s even harder to categorise this release all together. The term Free Jazz obviously comes to mind and is of course appropriate for a proper amount of these tracks. But it pushes further than that, into subtle noise and a traditional (probabaly Hungarian) folk spirit that influences especially the first disc quite heavily. The listener has to be willed to search for tracks on the first two discs that are easy to listen to but spending time with the set can reveal exciting movements in the presented music. Well worth purchasing this set, however, is the third disc. The X-Berg sessions make up for some of the hard work that André Vida is demanding from his listeners before by collaborating with some of his mates offering a bunch of tunes that are nothing but pleasant, a characteristic that does not apply to many PAN releases. There’s still plenty of disturbance here, though.
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