CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO
Chronicle CD/DVD

[Delmark, www.delmark.com]

TIGERSMILK
Android Love Cry

[Family Vineyard, www.family-vineyard.com]

Trumpeter, sometimes electronic guru Rob Mazurek has been through a multitude of outfits in his musical lifespan. Exploding Star Orchestra, Mandarin Movie and Chicago Underground Trio are only three that come to mind. With each project, he varies his styling just enough to warrant a new outfit name.
Not to make it sound insensitive to the past, but Chicago Underground Trio's new line-up fits them well. With bassist Jason Ajemian replacing guitarist Jeff Parker, their sound is even richer and the vibe even more haunting. Starting off with a five minute bass solo "Initiation", the album moves through six distinct movements. Once the trio gets going, as they do on the next piece "Resistance", we're flying deep in the heart of improvised territory. With Chad Taylor switching from percussion to marimba and mbira, and Mazurek using mainly his computer for processing, Ajemian jumps over to electronics as well. The sound becomes deeper and washed over in a light of dream-like haze. The nearly half-an-hour long "Power" builds up tension quite nicely. With occasional cornet bursts from Mazurek, and some tough finger-popping bass moves courtesy of Ajemian, the whole place blows open as a moog is brought in, heavy doses of electronics and those lovely resounding moogerfooger pedals. The effect is phenomenal. This is a band hitting their stride. Watch the DVD as well to see how the well placed camera work works in unison with the music. Stunning, acid-tripping imagery all around, which means that both the audio and video portions come as mandatory recommendations.
His trio with bassist Jason Roebke and percussionist Dylan van der Schyff [who should be praised for his phenomenal work with Vancouver outfit Talking Pictures] is no exception. Tigersmilk moves away from intensity of Mandarin Movie. The grouping sees Mazurek dig his heels, turn down the volume and looks at the micro details of the sound. If anything, electronic aspect of the trio is multiplied. Mazurek rages on just about every track on his laptop, while on top of the warbled, high-pitched attacks, he plays finely tuned cornet solos. Some tracks, such as the extended "Falling Signals Rising" fall into the ambient category. With swooshes of occasional cymbal squeaks and barely audible toms, Mazurek finally moves onto playing cornet towards the end of the piece. "Before a Blinded Spirit Light Planet" is Sun Ra Arkestra circa "The Magic City". Lovely scrapes and crashing of the cymbals, bowed bass and occasional blasts from cornet ensure a wile ride through space. Ultimately, it's the "stranger" pieces that win over the improvised musical space. "Night and Falling Tears" is satisfying in its oddity [put together scrapes and light ticks of cymbals, with synthesizer madness, along with bass popping] and yet in a weird way, it remains accessible to those willing to take the journey along with the trio. Three albums on, and Tigersmilk is getting stronger and more confident. Could be, this is one of the most assured statements from Mazurek yet.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Quio - Phiu
+ Vs_Price - Song06.txt.
+ Gebrüder Teichmann - The Number Of The Beat
+ Swod - Sekunden
+ Rework - Pleasure Is Pretty
+ Various Punks Vol_A
+ Modeselektor - Happy Birthday!
+ Genaro La Fosse - Focus Factor
+ Bunny Lake - The Church Of Bunny Lake
+ bpmf - Parousia Fallacy
+ Basteroid - Upsets Ducks
+ Louie Austen - Summer Love EP
+ Anthill - Love

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+ EDDY MEETS YANNAH - Once in a While
+ DON CHERRY QUINTET - Live at Café Montmartre 1966
+ F.S. BLUMM MEETS LUCA FADDA - F.S. Blumm meets Luca Fadda
+ GOSTA RUNDQVIST / ANDREAZ HEDEN - If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Motel Lovers
+ GRAND NATIONAL - A Drink & A Quick Decision
+ DIMENSION X - Dimension X
+ FOR BARRY RAY - New Days
+ EYES LIKE SAUCERS - Still Living in the Desert (and mostly inside my own head)
+ WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore
+ COLD BLEAK HEAT - Simitu
+ THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC - Musicamorosa
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - El Camino Real
+ HANS KENNEL MYTHA - How It All Started
+ SIX TWILIGHTS - Six Twilights CD/DVD
+ PAOLO ANGELI - Tessuti
+ NELS CLINE, ANDREA PARKINS, TOM RAINEY - Downpour
+ BLOSSOM TOES - We Are Ever So Clean - If Only for a Moment
+ SINEAD O'CONNOR - Theology
>> CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO - Chronicle CD/DVD / TIGERSMILK - Android Love Cry
+ SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INFINITY ARKESTRA - Strange Strings / SUN RA & HIS INTERGALACTIC-INFINITY ARKESTRA - The Night of the Purple Moon
+ PJUSK - Sart / JODI CAVE - For Myria
+ MARCUS SCHMICKLER / HAYDEN CHISHOLM - Amazing Daze / ASMUS TIETCHENS / RICHARD CHARTIER - Fabrication / RAFAEL TORAL - Space Solo 1 / BRION GYSIN - Live in London 1982 / SUPERMAYER - Supermayer Save the World / VALGEIR SIGURDSSON - Ekvilibrium
+ WOLFMANGLER - Cooking with Wolves
+ BORBETOMAGUS & HIJOKAIDAN - Both Noises End Burning / PETER BROTZMANN OCTET - The Complete Machine Gun Sessions / KEVIN DRUMM & DANIEL MENCHE - Gauntlet
+ TIMELESS PULSE - Quintet
+ SKALLANDER - Skallander
+ THE OSCILLATION - Out of Phase
+ MATT McCORMICK - Very Stereo
+ PUMICE - Pebbles
+ MICHIO KURIHARA - Sunset Notes
+ BLAINE L. REININGER - Glossolalia
+ VOLUME - Aeter

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ A source of energy - rozmowa z duo Modeselektor
+ A mixture of things - rozmowa z Quio