Army of Shadows – 1st Shadows (2419 Record Label)

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AoSresizeI was worrying that this album wasn’t playing in the right order because of the fact that all the titles are numerical but non sequential. (These are the sort of things I worry about.)
This minimalist experimental jazz album revolves around saxophone and guitar for the most part and is more at the post-rock end of jazz than the jazz end. (These are the sort of sentences I write.)
I don’t know, even after my obligatory triumvirate of listens, whether I actually like it. It’s well played and well recorded, but they work with such a spartan palette that it is difficult to keep paying attention. It’s a little more like a series of musical exercises than an album, and this is a suspicion heightened by the feeling that there is some sort of cryptic theme to the album, one which I have not yet worked out. Maybe that’s why I struggle to warm to it …because it’s like a private joke that I don’t understand or a private club that I’m not allowed to join. There is enough on display to make you interested but not enough to make you bond with the music and I can’t shake the feeling that with a few adjustments (the addition of a few elements here and there to bind the whole thing together) this would be a much more enticing listen. Still…it does have the added allure of being a free download so make your own mind up.

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Kim Monaghan

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