The title might be a bit goofy, but it's actually a pretty great way to sum up the spirit of this group – as the contemporary Cortex come from avant roots, but also have a vibrancy that makes their music sound more celebratory than confrontational! The quartet features endlessly creative rhythms from the duo of Olya Hoyer on bass and Gard Nilssen on drums – topped by beautiful interplay between the trumpet of Thomas Johansson and saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts – both players who can sometimes be completely in step with each other, sometimes almost at odds, and individually really work to make the whole record soar when it's time for their solos. Titles include "Mac Davis", "Grinder", "Chaos", "Waltz", "Disturbance", "Obverse/Reverse", and "Off Course". LP, Vinyl record album
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Witches Butter ... LP CleanFeed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
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The album's got a wild west cover, but a rock solid free jazz pedigree – as the music is performed by the trio of Gerry Hemmingway on drums, Manuel Troller on guitar, and Sebastian Strinning on tenor and bass clarinet! The sounds within are often very spacious and open – sometimes working with a very subtle approach, so that the resonance between each element is so gentle, it's sometimes hard to tell where one instrument ends and the other begins! A few points are a bit more wild – there's certainly a few breakout improvisational moments on the set – but the record's real charm is the careful slow brewing of sonic elements, on titles that include "Kill Button", "Big Blind", "Third Man Walking", "Range Of Hands", and "Reraise". LP, Vinyl record album