Konstrukt have already proved that they are very capable collaborators, having already played with the likes of Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee! Wow… Here they set up with a similarly legendary player, double bassist William Parker. Full credit to the guys that they find room in their quartet interplay to incorporate such guests.
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7/10 Graham Customer review, 3rd March 2015
Warning: Girlfriend repellent! Though not as much as some free jazz records.
These four sides of spiritually inflected free jazz are stunning. The performances are rich in texture and to my ears have more in common with some of the more out there Archie Shepp or Don Cherry records than what I was expecting from a group who have played with Peter Brotzmann or Joe Mcphee.
I loved the blending of more tradition jazz orientated improvisational techniques with the use of synths tinging the whole set with spaced out feel, you can almost smell the incense. Though the firm footing in jazz traditions and styles stop the set propelling off into outer space. Less a journey to another world more a fond memory of the planet that travelers left behind.
For me the guy that really ties the room together is Korhan Argüden. His drumming really helps the flow of this performance giving shape to the more abstract sections. This solid foundation gives the rest of the guys plenty space to build on. Allowing them to float eastern scales over rock guitar, echo laid-en synth over skronking sax.
If I have some criticism to make its that William Parker's bass can get lost in the mix, towards the end it seems drowned out altogether, though that doesn't mean your not treated to plenty in the opening stages of the record. This may be unfair to what is an incredibly accomplished session but when it does hit that peak, it never quiet delivers the money shot the build promises.
All in all a superb free jazz record that has enough surprises to keep it fresh but won't win any new fans to the genre.
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