All sorts of jazz, free jazz and improv. Never for money, always for love.
First of all, this group deserves attention because of its name -- and the
fact that it's a jazz group, not some punk or heavy metal band that
would emphasize its implied violent side.
Exploding Customer is led by saxophonist Martin Küchen, who also appears to be the senior member in this young Swedish quartet. Their brand of post-bop meets the freedom of Fire Music without indulging in its excesses -- Albert Ayler must be a major influence.
Küchen and trumpeter Tomas Hallonsten form the front line, backed by
bassist Benjamin Quigley and drummer Kjell Nordeson.
Küchen's writing keeps things on the threshold of chaos, melodies constantly threatened by the creative soloing, rhythm often on the verge of being overturned -- especially in Tango du Prison, delectably odd despite its flawed French (prison is a feminine noun!). Samael/Smash Hits on Several Exits kicks off this live session with a bang, the full quartet blowing like crazy.
Things simmer down afterwards with a few slower numbers like Pygmi and A Broken Glass, but there always remain a certain level of excitement.
Küchen and Hallonsten are not a fantastic horn line (the trumpeter seems to lack a bit of self-confidence, he should speak up more often), but they battle it out in an entertaining way, playing with honesty and warmth.
This Live at Glenn Miller Café is not Ayler Records best release in 2002, but a fine one nonetheless.
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