Album Review

Sax Ruins – “Blimmgauss” – [Skin Graft Records]

abacus   1/29/2014   CD, Jazz


Hypermanic jazz overload setting in funky drum breaks and exploding into flurries of multi-meter eruptions stacked with explosive sax licks. The horn section operates as such a tight unit layering melodies, harmonies and wild outbursts of squeal and skronk that it’s no surprise that it’s all one person (well mostly). Despite this, mostly tasteful jazz infused marching band type melodies here that’ll get you bobbing your head just long enough to lose yourself in a dizzying swirl of neverending rhythmic entrop. Only the most astute of mathematicians could groove to these beats, just try and count along, I dare you. What’d you expect with six-armed guru Tatsuya Yoshida at the helm banging the skins? The four improvisations at the end of the album are all short tracks and don’t have the same power provided from the bombastic layering, but showcase the musicians’ mind-reading talents. Sometimes playful, sometimes hellfire. Powerviolence prog? Thrash jazz? Marching band mayhem? You decide

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