All sorts of jazz, free jazz and improv. Never for money, always for love.
This is the third album by the Swedish band Exploding Customer on the Ayler Records label, and the first one which is recorded in the studio, which is too bad, because with the kind of music they play, this is a real live band, where the interaction with the audience must be immediate and reinforcing to the players. Nevertheless, their soulful funky approach to free jazz is still invigorating enough, but at the end of each track I'm surprised not to hear any applause.
The band consists of Martin Küchen on alto and tenor, Tomas Hallonsten
on trumpet, Benjamin Quigley on bass and Kjell Nordeson on drums. And their
music is fun, lively, clever, and well-played. This is not boundary-shifting
jazz, but you will enjoy it from beginning to end, because of the great
compositions, the great interplay, the variation in the music, the fun and
the funk, yet the heart and the mind are not forgotten either, the album
contains its slower more introspective moments too, such as the long and
beautiful "The Supply And Demand Of Love And Hate", and they even
finish the album with Charlie Haden's moving piece, "Els Segadors".
For those who like skillful funky free bop without pretence.
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