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Maïkotron Unit / Effugit
Album:Effugit Collection:Jazz
Artist:Maïkotron Unit Added:Jul 2012

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-07-29 Pull Date:2012-09-30 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Sep 30Sep 23Sep 9Sep 2Aug 26Aug 19Aug 12Aug 5

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 28, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
Sous La Canopée
4.Aug 31, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
2.Sep 18, 2012:Rebop
Effugit (Escape)
5.Aug 20, 2012:Memory Select, Frithian edition
3.Sep 04, 2012:Rebop
Effugit (Escape)
6.Aug 14, 2012:Rebop

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-07-13 
Rant, 2012

AVANT-GARDE – This long-running trio of multi-instrumentalists from Quebec takes their name from the hybrid horns that define their bass-heavy sound. Maïkotrons appear to be constructed from bits and pieces of other instruments, with reeds, valves, keys and lots of brass tubing all twisted together to create unique microtonal sounds. As in their previous release (Ex-Voto), this CD is made up of short pieces that stretch easily across the spaces between the jazz tradition, classical chamber music and free improv. Challenging but approachable stuff.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15

1. 3:39 – scattered at first, then a jazzy walking groove
2. 2:51 – very deep, gruffly throaty dialogue over brisk drums
3. 2:38 – strong bass and high animal squeaks, flute weaves through it
4. 3:04 – free jazz: clarinet/bass/drums in surging pulses, drum solo end
5. 4:31 – deep deep three-way dialogue: a conversation of bullfrogs
6. 7:20 – very spare: haunted flute, moaning clarinet, angry drums
7. 4:25 – active solo drums are joined by deep croaking melody
8. 3:53 – oozes forward with deep murmurs and trumpet-like squawks
9. 3:31 – boppish sax, free drums, and teasing low tones bounce around
10. 2:45 – speedy bassline carries bits of free horn along with it
11. 3:41 – exotic improv: harsh buzzing sounds mix with animal-like cries
12. 2:33 – urgent drums, tense bass, and thoughtful, exotic horn
13. 3:07 – slow and atmospheric with flute, reminiscent of Japanese theatre
14. 3:51 – strange fanfare, then slow, deep and very ponderous
15. 2:02 – layered improv with many interesting rhythmic phrases
16. 2:32 – subterranean bass groans and late-night sax improv

[ Fo ] - 13 July 2012

Track Listing
1.Liberum 9.Effugit (Escape)
2.Sous La Canopée 10.Requiem
3.Animae Fugienti (Escape Of The Soul) 11.Tortor Tellus
4.Forever 12.Lorem Ipsum (Emergency)
5.Luwak Sedang Makan (The Palm Civet Eats) 13.Spelunca Aproteles (Cave Of Bats)
6.Sawah (In Rice Fields, Indonesia) 14.Suara Ular Naga (Voice Of The Dragon Serpent Of Borneo)
7.Lagu Ora (Song Of The Komodo Dragon) 15.Jakur (Night Spirit Who Frightens By Noise)
8.Panique 16.Paradoxe