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Hermann Szobel



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4 stars Hermann would be an explosive multi-dimensional therapist based upon avantgarde-jazz approaches.

Zappaish complicated hustle bustle avenue and cool piano sound palace ... they all musical collaborators might be a perfect quintet methinks. One of their remarkable sound points is they would play their style intensively along with leanings toward free-form jazz (the fourth track "Transcendental Floss" a bit reminds me of Yosuke Yamash'ta Trio), and this point itself might mist or blur impression of originality, their instrumental technique should be awesome though.

Very positive phase is kaleidoscopic appearance of the third (and the shortest in this album) track "Between 7 And 11" filled with improvised piano play-based sound landscape crystallized via all of instruments. On the other hand, the second shot "The Szuite" sounds flooded with Zeuhl-ish quirkiness, inspired sound chasing, and therapeutic surrealism, especially in the beginning or the middle. As if their cogwheels could perfectly engage with each other, there is no awkwardness nor irritation but another massive weird sense of unity.

This moment to enjoy this production notifies us of a pity this be his only one (official) release. No novelty nor innovative brilliance can be heard indeed but we can get freak out by their incredible atmospheric development with superb play and technique. Why can we ignore such an excellent obscurity?

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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