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Maïkotron Unit / Ex-Voto
Album:Ex-Voto Collection:Jazz
Artist:Maïkotron Unit Added:07/2011
Label:Rant 

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Add Date:2011-07-17 Pull Date:2011-09-18 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2011-07-17 
MAÏKOTRON UNIT: Ex-Voto
Rant, 2011

AVANT-GARDE – Despite 26 years together, this Quebec-based trio hasn’t released anything on CD until now. A maïkotron is a hybrid reed instrument using both valves and keys; it has a huge microtonal range spanning five octaves! Also in play are clarinet, saxes, bass, cello and drums. The band has a unique yet accessible, bass-heavy sound that reaches into both regular jazz and classical/new music. The 20 short tracks are divided into 12 “tableaux,” but they work better individually.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20

1. 2:11 – deep bass tones and drones over rumbling percussion
2. 2:34 – lopsided jazz walk: slightly sour sax, steady bass, cool drums
3. 4:28 – bowed bass and clarinet weave together over scattered drums
4. 2:04 – exotic, rolling groove with didgeridoo-like interjections
5. 0:59 – wandering interlude with huge bowed bass
6. 2:00 – rather cute jazzy stroll begins to splinter as drums ramp it up
7. 5:51 – deep, deep bass improvisation with humor, becomes a heartbeat
8. 2:18 – another happy jazz walk, this one’s played straight
9. 2:03 – splashy drums, quick cello plucking & slouching reeds
10. 2:28 – improv squeaks and rumbles over tumbling drums, speeds up
11. 1:56 – slow, sleazy night walk: sax wails high ‘n’ low
12. 3:38 – quick spinning improv settles into slow, abstract conversation
13. 4:05 – calm, cerebral abstraction with water noises
14. 4:01 – quick-paced exotic pulse, hopping sax on top
15. 3:40 – nifty, complex rhythm; jungle-type squeals & growls
16. 2:33 – tumbling drums and amped-up agitated sax vs. sad bass
17. 1:54 – clarinet strolls over very low rumble, steady drums
18. 1:47 – uptempo percolation with a steady but complex beat
19. 2:53 – dramatic drums, bass drone, exotic string plucking & breathy wail
20. 2:00 – upbeat bass/drum roll with growling maïkotron dialogue

[ Fo ] 07/17/11

Track Listing
1.Hiems 11.Tanta Tempestas
2.Tabula... 12.Cooritur, Ut
3.Votiva 13.Rota Petreus, Tympanistria, Liticen Cucullatus
4.Ab Hora... 14.Marinus
5.Tertia... 15.Fluctus...
6.Bibebatur 16.Pulsant Latera
7.Votivae Noctes 17.Nondum Tempestivo...
8.In Poculis 18.Ad Navigandum Mari
9.Hiemat... 19.Praestigiator...
10.Mare 20.Cum Felis Fifi