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Sean Trane
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3 stars Once upon a time, there was a violinist that "guested" on one of the more stupendous album to come out of his country and upon the heels of that, he recorded his own well-regarded oeuvre, before becoming a full member of the group he had "guested" for. Charles Kaczynski, for it is he, has waited almost 30 years before releasing something under his name As you'll guess much water has flowed under the bridge and this second album doesn't share much, if anything, with his previous works; and if released in 2009, this was recorded in the winter of 02.

Here we have an album's worth of Indian music, written by Charles Kaczynski and played in a duo, with Dawood Khar on percussions, which is mostly tabla. The concept is simple enough: five tracks for five senses, each his own piece of instrumental classical Indian music. Two of the tracks are medium-long tracks, while the last three (including Odorat /Smell covering a vast 220 mins)) are well over the quarter hour, but it's hard to say which you'd prefer or even the general atmosphere as all five pieces are pretty much in the same mould and often change tempo and mood like good Indian music does. You might find a few hints if Charles' violin playing that might bring you back to the more medieval-sounding tracks of Conventum, but this is stretching things as far as it'll go.

This album doesn't have much to do with the site's scope of music, but then again Embryo and Quintessence's albums containing such music don't also. Cool stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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