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ALLIES

Fred Frith

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.71 | 9 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars This is one of my beloved Frith album. Very minimalistic, mid tempo music, not too explosive or quirky. But - one the best his work in musical sense.

There are almost all usual components you expect from Frith - RIO, free jazz, some zeuhl, some folk... Zorn/Naked City's Joey Baron is very jazzy and minimalistic-simplified, but sounds very great in contest of this music. Fantastic cellist Tom Cora is excellent as usual and I really like less known (at least for me) sax player George Cartwright - he shows fantastic free jazz improvs in the key of John Zorn.

It's really interesting that music contains many avant elements, but at the same time stays very pleasant and easy accessible. For me ,it's that rare case, when simplicity could be named excellent idea for such kind of music: this release is one between not so many others avant albums on my regular play-list.

Listen to it - just don't expect something very different or shocking: there is really pleasant music, not so often could be found between this genre's albums.

snobb | 4/5 |

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