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    Bukelman, Ido / Masel, Nadav – “Ground Birds” – [Out Now Recordings]

    A sharp release, Bukelman’s steel string guitar and
    mighty banjo often feel like they are instruments of
    garotte wire. On the title track we hear some of
    his angular, percussive and brittle playing we’ve
    come across from him before (and not far off from
    the knife-like Orcutt Bill guitar work.) It’s
    deeply experimental while at the same time having
    a sort of backwoods country hint….a small hint
    but it’s there still the same. Now add in some of
    his banjo work, and it really feels like moments
    of avant garde on the farm, by way of Jerusalem
    where the musicians reside and this way recorded.
    The banjo adds to the bright nature of the playing,
    almost shrill at times, but there’s also that
    scuffling of the resonating body. And on upright
    bass, Nadav Masel is all over his bass as well: slap,
    clack and bow from him. On “Ground Birds II” he
    walks the bass slowly alone to start, almost finds
    a funk spot, and keeps on strutting. The closer
    has Bukelman pulling the drone out of a somewhat
    sympathetic banjo (and not that banjo-ey), pretty
    fantastic. Along with Brandon Seabrook, a little
    musical mutiny with the banjo (and Paul Metzger
    before as well) really sliced my ear nicely.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 8, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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