Fell, Simon H./Sfq / Four Compositions
Album: Four Compositions   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Fell, Simon H./Sfq   Added:Dec 2004
Label:Red Toucan  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-02-06 Pull Date: 2005-04-10 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Apr 10 Mar 6 Feb 13
Airplays: 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 08, 2005: Memory Select
GM2 Blues
3. Feb 11, 2005: Memory Select
Gruppen Modulor 2
2. Mar 01, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
GM3 Rhythm
4. Feb 08, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
GM2 Blues

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-02-12
Some crazy free jazz with a quintet, followed by more serious free improv with a quartet -- all based on compositions by bassist Fell. Don't let the "Composition#" titles scare you. Yes, these have an academic sound -- even in the fast, rolling free-jazz phases -- but in a less severe way than, say, Anthony Braxton's recent work.


1- Sparse, quiet, with big piano crashes at first
2*- Jazzy avant-bebop amid sparse avant doodlings. Ends quiet and spare
3*- Fast rollicking jazz. Breaks down for a quiet pause at about -14:00 but revs up again. Last 5 minutes are quiet.

DISK TWO -- Focuses more on abstract free improv. (It's one composition in 7 movements.)

1- Gentle abstract burble, screechy in places
2- Fast clutter, into lonely ghostly noises
3*- Fast, with some athletic bass & quirky composed lines
4- Quiet
5- Thundering drums; quiet sqeaks and squawks
6*- Perky, quirky chamber-jazz lines, fairly fast. Slow ending
7- Mostly slow and sparse. Very quiet start.

Track Listing
1. Koln Klang   6. GM2 Blues
2. Trapped By Formalism 2   7. Quartet
3. Gruppen Modulor 2   8. Liverpool 2
4. Liverpool 1A   9. GM3 Rhythm
5. Liverpool 1B   10. Kandinsky Lines