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Kluth, A.J. / Aldric / Anvils And Broken Bells
Album:Anvils And Broken Bells Collection:Jazz
Artist:Kluth, A.J. / Aldric Added:08/2011
Label:Oa2 Records 

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Add Date:2011-09-11 Pull Date:2011-11-13 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2011-09-09 
Forceful, improvisational jazz, but not especially “free.” Leader/composer A.J. Kluth plays tenor sax and melodica; other lead instruments are trumpet and guitar. These 3 musicians play around with electronic effects as well. Rhythm section is a rock-solid bass & drums. Tracks could be played on either jazz or experimental/noise programs, or by any adventurous DJ.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

1. ** Starts slow and spacey; shifts to fast and punchy. Sax and trumpet lead the way. Everyone goes out together in a joyful exuberant cacophony—quite entertaining. (7:49)
2. ** Slow, strange, eerie noise making to start, then guitar enters with rock-like chords. Horns play terrific lines: two different melodies played simultaneously. (8:13)
3. Opens with Celtic sounding melodica over furious drumming. Then call-and-response between the horns: passages are fast and slow, melodic and free, etc. A mixed bag. (7:33)
4. *** Slow, pastoral tone poem meets electronic noise. Features melodica and electric guitar, both with max reverb and other effects. At once both beautiful and harsh. (7:17)
5. * The only ballad here. “Cool” and lyric, classic sounding melodies on horns, set over a shimmering, translucent backdrop of cymbals, chimes, and guitar. (7:38)
6. *** Long live fusion! Harsh, dissonant melodica, then long, exciting melodies on the horns backed by rock guitar. Aggressive bass. Outstanding, satisfying piece. Up-tempo. (6:27)
7. ** Fast, wild piece. Angular, jerky horn solos atop Tom Morello-like guitar noises and a loud, funky, thumping bass. RIYL Gutbucket, say. (3:33)
8. ** Strange sounds on horns slowly emerge from the void; gathers tempo & volume to a full-scale jazz-rock riot in the middle; then gradually fades back down to nothing. (5:26)



Track Listing
1.I Am Wearing A Velvet Jacket 5.Trio Trois
2.Bluebeard Believes 6.Jerzy
3.Pauls On Pauls 7.Chunkton
4.Saskatoon 8.Twilight