JIM BLACK - AlasNoAxis - "Habyor"
[Winter & Winter, www.winterandwinter.com]

First of, my knowledge of Jim Black's music is limited to side-gigs he took part in with Dave Douglas and Ellery Eskelin. Having said that, his third record with the AlasNoAxis group "Habyor" can be treated as a reserved success. Why only a reserved success? Let me explain. When I listen to a new record, I NEED to be grabbed with a certain sense of originality, and a sense of direction. On those two accounts, "Habyor" is rather lacking. I mistook some of the record for an early Sonic Youth project [some pieces feature an overt amount of feedback courtesy of Hilmar Hensson]. At other times, on pieces such as "Part Wolf" and "Stay Go", the wilted guitar lines made me feel as if I were back in time about a quarter of a century to some of Pat Metheney's ECM output. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing. My criticism of the record is simply that of re-worked atmospheres and moods I'd already experienced many times in the past. There are interesting moments that have their place on this record. As I'd already said, "Let It Down" could be an early Sonic Youth piece, which is more of a complement than criticism of Jim Black's project in itself. The pacing on "Habyor" is somewhat uneven, as we get mixtures of rock songs with the addition of Chris Speed on tenor or clarinet, while at times we have serene jazz ballads. Otherwise, "Habyor" could be a great jazz-rock record that simply suffers from derivativeness. Perhaps on future dates, this will all change.

Tom Sekowski


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