Album Review

Qbico U-Nite Bruxelles [coll] – [Qbico]

cujo   2/20/2006   12-inch, Jazz

From the fishies (that graced the cover of the Qbico New York concert album we added to the library a few months ago) to the monkeys (Brussels). This is a double LP release pressed on lovely two-tone vinyl of a concert produced by Qbico on April 8, 2004 in Brussels.

Side A starts with a lengthy double bass solo (full range meandering, high register exploration, a bit playful) by Alan Silva and concludes with a short percussiony pocket jam by the Finnish duo Lauhkeat Lampaat.

Things really start to take off on side B & C when the Vibracathedral Orchestra go for a lengthy walk in the park. Their piece is wonderful culturally-ambiguous drone that’s at turns asiatic, tribal, bagpiping, electric, rocking, and finally hypnotic.

On side D, the VO is joined by Lauhkeat Lampaat and pals Paul Faherty (alto sax) and Chris Corsano (drums). The result is a bursting jungle safari rock-drone that builds and ebbs in layers and complexity; Lauhkeat Lampaat’s inanity and Faherty’s wide wailing contribute the most here.

The actual recordings are a bit weak, as is the audience applause that follows all pieces.

-Cujo, KFJC, February 2006

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