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Stauss - 2004 - "Neolithicum"

(42:49, Fazzul Records)


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Swiss saxophonist and composer Markus STAUSS is one of the most active musicians on the modern European jazz-rock scene, one who played with several bands even with Finnegans Wake. The 15-track Neolithicum is his only solo release, whose sub-title, Bass Saxophone: Solos and Extras, along with his note that This is Music Aktuel (i.e. Music Concrete, which I personally never liked), gave me quite a clear idea of the album before I played it. Sure, I didnt expect too much from a one-man creation which, moreover, only deploys a single instrument, and I was right in my presupposition on the matter. The only perceptible thing that this recording brings out is mood, which is comparatively dark overall partly because of the sound of the instrument itself, and partly due to the solos, many of which are slow and drawn-out at once. Musically, however, all these solos and extras lead nowhere, strongly lacking in sonic saturation, a few of those that seem to be overdubbed included. Be this stuff called traditional Jazz or Jazz Ambient, it is devoid of any completeness. Personally I cant listen to music that represents either free or spontaneous improvisations, containing not even a hint of what we understand as composition.

Vitaly Menshikov: April 19, 2012


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