Monday, September 28, 2020
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Artist: THE ANTIPODEAN COLLECTIVE
Title: funcall
Format: CD
Label: Extreme (@)
Rated: *****
Second and long awaited chapter from the "almighty" Antipodean Collective, this time it features Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Mark Hannaford (piano), Ken Edie (drums), John Rodgers (violin) which means half of the old line up (I wrote it just to show you Kandinsky was not the only one into math and numbers!). Different proportions but the result doesn’t change in terms of quality, infact this’ a good record again, the only thing that has partially changed is the number of interceptions and corners. With a reduced line up, the single players tend to surface a bit more, hence if the last was "The massacre of the egoes" this one could be: "a choir is nothing but the sum of the single soloists", with that consider you don’t’ have a bunch of soloists emerging after a brawl (... Coltrane/Davis anyone?...), I just think on this recording the individuals and their backgrounds tend to come out more often so the shape of this or that image is more clearly discernible which doesn’t necessarily cheapen the power of this collective. Jazz and its noblesse are haunting the whole release and in all probability much more than it happened on the previous release thus if you’re a diehard fan of the genre, this new Antipodean effort is maybe more suitable for your taste. My impression is that on the other cd you had more and more contemporary abstractionism pulsing underneath but maybe that’s just my personal feeling. I imagine the fact Hannaford is behind the keys of piano in place of Grabowsky gives a different accent to the quartet, but it is said that "the whole is the sum of its parts", my conclusion is probably obvious. Hannaford’ style and the absence of the double bass leaves more room for Tinkler to roam undisturbed while Rodgers "solves problems" like Mr Wolf in "Pulp Fiction". What about Edie?...mm... mm...interesting drummer, differently from many jazz and rock drummers he’s not constantly obsessed by beating anything around him and his style is quite personal too for while most of the patient drummers use soft dynamics or some really silent sounds coming from the drums, Edie’s drumming sounds really clean both when using soft and strong dynamics but maybe that’s just a side-effect of the crystalline recording. I think there’s some continuity from first episode to this second work but also some significant variations above all if you’re among those who love recognizing the character of single player also in collective improvisational works like this.

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