Blistering second LP by UK improv quartet
Improvised music doesn’t always make for great records, but this lot, led by the visionary trombonist Gail Brand, have managed it. Largely recorded live in Amsterdam last June, with two tracks from a 2000 London studio session, this is a mind-blowing helter-skelter of a record. Keyboardist Pat Thomas, violinist Phil Durrant and drummer Mark Sanders make generous use of electronics and samples, and the results lead to virtual hardcore jazz-punk (“No Filters”), quasi-drum’n’bass meets ambient (“Planarchy”) and reflective pieces like “Rothko” which will tear your heart out. Highly recommended.