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- Vibrations of the Day by Konstrukt / Marshall Allen / Huseyin Ertunc / Barlas Tan Ozemek
8/10 Mike Staff review, 13 August 2014
The ever-interesting Holidays Records have a few new titles for us this week, one of which is this wild bit of international free jazz madness which sees Turkish free jazz quartet Konstrukt joined by bonus drummer Huseyin Ertunc, guitarist Barlas Tan Ozemek and perhaps most excitingly, Sun Ra's Arkestra legend Marshall Allen on the alto sax.
It's an epic, galloping ride, with its nine tracks clocking in at just over an hour. The guitars (and sometimes synth) form an uneasily droning backdrop for a sea of pinging, clattering percussion over which the two saxophonists honk and flutter with explosive vigour, squealing and gliding in spirally squeaks and trills that would have resident saxophobe Phil telling me to turn this off before he had a nervous breakdown if I was reviewing this in the office.
There's a few points where the guitars get to do something a bit crunchier and more far-out, most notably the 11-minute 'March of the Aliens' which is about as accessible as this record gets, in a kind of Sun Ra-meets-Joe Meek way. If you like your free jazz percussive, chaotic and challenging, you'll find plenty to get your teeth into here.
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