Jazzword digs Bruit 4

Bruit 4
Umland Records 14

Overall, the harsh dissonance and some might say passive aggressive timbre propelling from the Bruit 4 brass group may suggest the European Union’s current political stalemates. However the organization of the ensemble and the denouement of the eight-section suite resemble the ideals that the EU was set up to achieve. Organized by Essen-based Florian Walter, who plays a so-called hybrid “Hechtyphone” here, other Bruit members are microtonal trumpeter Axel Dörner from Berlin, Italian trumpeter Flavio Zanuttini and Norwegian-born, Copenhagen resident Torben Snekkestad who plays a self-invented reed trumpet.

Listeners expecting the full-throated sassiness of conventional brass quartets will likely be surprised and mystified. Muting the instruments’ capillary characteristics, synergy among the four is in most cases on a lower plane than reductionist, depending on flat-line airiness, wisps and mouth burbles. While “Eight Sound Objects” is often conceived of as four parallel lines proceeding separately there are also periodic episodes of meiosis-like harmony. A break from this sonic grisaille, sometimes animated with tongue pops and whistles, occurs in an enlarged mid-section, encompassing what otherwise would be tracks 4 to 7. Rawer with pauses for breath, these staccato sequences set the air buzzing as inchoate timbres attain infrequent crescendos and diminuendos. With splayed pitches ranging from ocarina-like to pedal tone resemblances, the repeated overtones that result are as sonically palimpsest-like as well. Eventually as oscillated space-ship launching sounds are added to the vacuum cleaner-like buzzing, brassy brays and hand-muted expressions, the tonalities bubble upwards one final time then dissipate.

More a program of unexpectedly restrained air textures then the result of a brass-affiliated concert; these improvisations are aimed at a limited audience. But those willing to face the challenge will likely find much here.

—Ken Waxman

Personnel: Axel Dörner (Firebird trumpet); Torben Snekkestad (reed trumpet); Flavio Zanuttini (trumpet) and Florian Walter (Hechtyphone)

BRUIT4 & Snekkestad/Fernández/Guy

Unsere Kollegen von BRUIT4 hatten kürzlich das Vergnügen, gemeinsam mit dem Trio Torben Snekkestad, Agustí Fernández und Barry Guy auf Tour gehen und zu dürfen. Es sind dabei einige Aufnahmen entstanden, wir dürfen also gespannt sein…

Freejazzblog on BRUIT4

„The overall sound is minimalist, with the various trumpets creating a collective kaleidoscope of shifting tone colours, often voiced with clarity, although once in a while whispered or snorted. Their explorations are called experimental, but they go beyond the experimental. This is not just some programmatic and systematic observation of possible interactions. No, it’s music.“
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WESTZEIT – Fred Lonberg-Holm/Simon Camatta DUO & Handsome Couple

Wunderbar frei agieren Fred Lonberg-Holm und Simon Camatta auf crazy notions. FLH lässt sein Cello klagen, krächzen und schreien, wozu Camatta mit gewohnter Klasse sein drum-set traktiert. Das klappert und scheppert, es riecht nach Krach und ist doch wohlorganisiert.

…Man kennt kennt Simon Camatta eher als ImpoJazz Trommler, wenn er aber im HANDSOME COUPLE seine Sticks zu St.Kirchhoffs Banjo wirbeln lässt, dann entsteht aus instrumentaler Beschränkung grandiose Musik. Die CD bietet 10 Stücke lang großen HörSpass für alle, denen Country zu langweilig ist. „Instrumentale Hip-Hop Musik“ in der richtigen Mischung von Kreativität und Kaputtheit.

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jazzword – The Wisseltangcamatta – indes

The Wisseltangcamatta

Umland Records 11

Even more assured the second time around, Wisseltangcamatta, the Köln-based trio with the unwieldy name, has elaborated an accomplished strategy for polished, minimal improvisation which works for each member and Indes, its second CD, shows it off to best advantage.

Just because the playing is accomplished and subdued doesn’t mean that robust feeling isn’t communicated during the six selections though. Each player has extensive experience in this genre, alto saxophonist/clarinetist Georg Wissel with the likes of Paul Lytton and Joker Nies for instance; percussionist Simon Camatta with The Dorf orchestra and smaller groupings; and bassist Achim Tang with just about everyone from Jon Irabagon to Philip Zoubek.

Although the program begins quietly with tolling pulses and appropriately concludes with proportionately measured squeaks, peeps and clatters, the pivotal point about this session lies in tracing how each individual symbolically paints sound colors so that they blend sfmuato-like into a sonic canvas. Beginning with “Indes 2”, Camatta’s rubs and rattles shadow Wissel as he uses his prepared saxophone to liberate novel patterns from within his reed and metal functions. Meanwhile Tang’s aggrandizing ostinato provides the steadying bottom.

Eventually as the narrative circles back onto itself, reed tone retches, cymbal clatter and string spiccato fuse into a flat-line narrative. While the exposition on subsequent tracks made be tougher and thicker and escalate to more pronounced and excited sequences, another notable improvisation occurs on “Indes 4”, with instances of Wissel’s idiosyncratic clarinet styling. Despite Tang’s sul ponticello slides and Camatta’s shuddering rolls and pops almost limiting the triple interaction to stasis, Wissel moving his timbral showcase from moderato contralto to speedy, squeaky upsurges, awakening the other to output more unconventional vibrations, leading to a climax that`s pounding, pulsating and palatable.

Masters of saying more with less and portraying ideas at a low volume, this CD by the members of Wisseltangcamatta is worth investigating to see how they communicate their view of the (musical) world. As good as the session is however, a new band name could help create wider recognition for its work though.

—Kern Waxman

Track Listing: Indes: 1. Indes1 2. Indes 2 3. Indes 3 4. Indes 4 5. Indes 5 6. Indes 6

Personnel: Indes: Georg Wissel (prepared alto saxophone and clarinet); Achim Tang (bass) and Simon Camatta (drums and percussion)

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