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Monday, July 22, 2013

Art Brut - Art Brut (Pan Y Rosas, 2013) ***

By Stef 

There is no doubt that I love trumpet trios - more than any other trio format - and the reason is simple : I like the sound of the trumpet, whether voiced, muted, or even today's whispering and squeaking sounds.

The trio of "Art Brut" are Frank Wilke on trumpet, André D. on electric bass and Vasco Ribeiro Morais on percussion and voices. The EP contains three tracks, recorded in the musicians' countries of origin - Germany, France and Portugal - earlier this year.

All three musicians are self-taught on their respective instruments, even if Wilke had a classical music education on saxophone. The sound of the instruments is traditional and easily recognizable and in that sense the influence of tradition is present, yet the improvisations are anything but traditional, despite the obvious pulse and energy, the wailing trumpet, the hard-hitting drums - quite rock-influenced - and the fragmented bass phrases.

As the accompanying text says : "the music evokes the conversations of early humans. both their playing and their sound is free, intense and intuitive. a primal scream. a sound manifesto in which futile society’s game and fallacious parade are banished".

I wouldn't go that far, but it's pretty authentic, for sure.

The album can be downloaded for free at Pan Y Rosas.