Dec 22 2017
Best of 2017 #34: Web Web – “Oracle” (Compost Records)
The Web Web quartet references the classic Strata East label in the liner notes for Oracle, and it’s more than just a haphazard shout-out. Running through the blood of pianist Roberto Di Gioia, saxophonist Tony Lakatos, bassist Christian von Kaphengst and drummer Peter Gall are those times when hard bop ceded ground to spiritual jazz and avant-garde, where a thick groove and a thicker melody might begin with the blues, but likely won’t end there, and where a sense of song structure is just kindling for a wild conflagration. 1970s jazz too often gets associated with divergences into more saccharine forms of music and production. The seventies were a magical time for creative reinvention of jazz forms, where the pain of the blues and the joy of the soul came together in vivid imagery and volatile motion. Oracle celebrates those times and keeps them in fashion in the present day… both are excellent reasons to raise a glass and toast this supremely enjoyable recording.
Music from Munich, Germany.
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Feb 13 2019
Album of the Day: Web Web – “Dance of the Demons”
Artist: Web Web
Album: Dance of the Demons
Label: Compost Records
Style: Spiritual Jazz
Favorite Track: “Land of the Arum Flower”
Music from: Munich, Germany
What I like about it: I enjoy how the quintet’s newest transitions to a spiritual jazz expression from a fun hard bop sound on their previous recording. I like how this music dances right from the first note and never stops. I like how this tuneful music retains that quality even when it expresses some ferocity. I like the addition of vocalist Majid Bekkas for this session, and how his voice enhances the sensation of music in motion, melodies destined to dance.
Your album personnel: Roberto Di Gioia (piano, synthesizers, percussion), Tony Lakatos (tenor & soprano saxophones), Christian von Kaphengst (upright bass), Peter Gall (drums) and Majid Bekkas (vocals, gembri).
Available at: Amazon | Bandcamp
Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
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Also, Oracle, the debut of Web Web, earned a slot on this site’s Best of 2017 list, so be sure to go check that out, too.
By davesumner • Jazz Recommendations, Jazz Recommendations - 2018 • 0 • Tags: Compost Records, Munich (Germany), Web Web