Friday, March 26, 2010
Atomic - Theater Tilters, Vol. 1 (Jazzland, 2010)¨****½
The first piece, "Green Mill Tilter" starts full of power and drive, then quite rapidly calms down yet the drums' high speed rhythm keeps pounding on, with the intensity increasing with the trumpet and sax going crazy introducing the piano, smoothening the theme again, yet rhythmic mayhem continues, slowing down, when suddenly out of a bass solo a strong unison theme arises, solid and full of boppish delight, even if drums and bass keep a more rockish style.
"Andersonville", the second track is slower, gradually building up a theme out of pieces of sound, and once that's firmly established, it's deconstructed into total free territory, with all instruments shouting in chaotic dissonance, only to calm down again in subtle gentleness, shifting into a nice and joyful mid-tempo free bopper with a stellar trumpet solo by Magnus Broo.
The third piece, "Fissures", is incredibly intense in the beginning, then slows down to play the theme, offering great solo moments for Ljungkvist and Håker Flaten, then moving back into the tempestuous wildness of the beginning of the tune. "Murmansk" is a wayward piece with the lead instruments playing the theme as a kind of delayed echo to each other : strange and attractive. The last track is a wild rambunctious, full of joyful exuberance and wildness, with a theme that could have come from Ayler or Coleman.
Applause! Enthusiasm! Joy!
Looking forward to Vol. 2?