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Farthest South – “Omens & Talismans” – [Anova]

Cousin Mary   5/7/2013   CD, Jazz

Farthest South takes its name from the term used by early 20th century explorers to describe a point as far south as one can reach, implying a location that is not fixed, much like improvised music. These three Israeli musicians are joined in the this set by free jazz saxophonist Albert Beger.

The varied backgrounds of the musicians combine to produce a completely improvised intersection of jazz, rock, noise, and electronics. A rhythmic bass line sweeps us along with its forward momentum. No annoying excessive noodling or heaviness that infects so much freely improvised music. Very cool, recommended!

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