Best of 2017 #45: Bostjan Simon – “There Be Monsters” (Klopotec)


There’s an irresistible sing-song demeanor to There Be Monsters, even when the music dives into heady contemplative waters or takes a spin with folk music demanding a formal comportment.  Boštjan Simon’s There Be Monsters ensemble nimbly toes the lines where tonal contexts collide, keeping things light even when the humor grows dark.  The Slovenian saxophonist has a curious quintet that consists of tuba, vibraphone, trombone and drums, and this unconventional assortment of instruments has as much to do as anything with the strange and beautiful music.  Captivating, yes, and in a way quite unlike much else that’s out there.

Music from Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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