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Bob Downes' Open Music


Jazz Rock/Fusion

1.00 | 1 ratings

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Sean Trane
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1 stars From what I gather, this album was a commission by some Welsh dance project (although not mentioned the Rambert name is possible) from public funds and there was a modern dance choreography drawn from it. Apparently both the music and dance were inspired from an Italian sculpture. As you might guess the album contains some modern music that nears free form music, "musique concrete" and other forms of avant-garde arts. The instruments on this album are handled by Downes (wind instruments, percussion and shall we say.. devices???), while collab Wendy Benka handles more and weirder percussions.

Actually the titles of the tracks pretty well describe the music in them, and you won't find much else than in the title. Don't look for real rhythm or melodies or even songs (there are a few words here and there). Somehow, you're looking at one of the more difficult album of any artiste here, and in some case, this might be positive, but not here. But if you thought Diversion was a difficult album to get into, wait 'til you get an earful of this "mother".

A bunch of bonus tracks are added to the original album, and the least we can say is that they're just as weird so they don't deface the album they're from. Half of them come from the period between his two active era (that means from 72 to 74), the others dating throughout the rest of the years (78, 87 and 05)

Exactly why this album was re-issued on Cd format eludes me, but it's certainly not by popular demand: I can't imagine someone knowing what this album's about and willingly requesting a reissue. It must be a Welsh joke of some kind. And should you buy this album, you'd be the butt of it. Stay awayayayay from this one.

Sean Trane | 1/5 |


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