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Release Date: 12.03.2010
EAN/UPC: 705304453421
TT Catalogue No: 4534

  • "Swiss saxophonist Christoph Grab’s quintet is steering towards a playground located in the middle of the sci-fi milieu of the swinging 1960’s. Using trashy guitars, lots of electronic gurgling, whining, and just plain noise, the crew has set down their space ship smack dab in the middle of sector B. Voice samples of American politicians and other contemporaries darken the horizon, with the second track at the very latest you feel like you’ve landed in a vintage German TV series, and in the end an imaginary screen fills up with characters straight from Ennio Morricone. Grab’s lonely saxophone howls to soul minor chords, the bass clarinet wanders through a low-life bar gig beside wobbling conga beats, a synthesizer sounds out messages from outer space. Still, all the nostalgic tunes the oldies fans think they are recognizing here only serve these seasoned musicians as a ground for surprising little outbursts of noise, cultivated urban twang, and every now and then mini-interludes of the sheer Zappa-esque - just for fun." (ul)
    Jazzthing #82, 2/2010

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