Monday, August 26, 2013

Konvoj Ensemble with Evan Parker and Stan Sandell - Thoughts of (Konvoj, 2013)

The Konvoj Ensemble is a musical collective dedicated to exploring the boundaries of improvised music. On this album, they are joined by the well known avant-garde saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Stan Sandell. They develop a free improvisation that waxes and wanes over the course of fifty plus minutes of continuous music. The group works really well building sections of quiet tension and torrential release of musical energy with the group barreling headlong into furious improvisation. Along with traditional acoustic instruments, there are great slabs of industrial lawnmower sounding electronics, which bulldoze square blocks of music. Parker and Sandell fit in well, carving out their own spots in the maelstrom and making pithy statements the spaces open up. Konvoj