Jan 14 2019
Best of 2018 #20: Mephiti – “Mephiti”
When I made this album one of my Best Jazz on Bandcamp recommendations, I stated that the takeaway of this album is that there are countless ways to express a state of serenity. The Mephiti sextet possess a strong melodic perspective, and the substance of their vision is revealed in the nuanced way they allow each to emerge, slowly, patiently, like nurturing a small flame into a roaring fire. Four of the instruments are stringed, with two guitars, bass and a kantele, and the way they delicately weave melodic patterns is not unlike Bill Frisell’s masterful use of loops and effects. Just a gorgeous recording that kept getting better over time.
Released on El Negocito Records.
Music from Antwerp, Belgium.
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Apr 9 2019
Album of the Day: Jozef Dumoulin and Lidlboj – “Live In Neerpelt”
Artist: Jozef Dumoulin & Lidlboj
Album: Live In Neerpelt
Label: El Negocito Records
Style: Ghost of jazz passing beneath an electric moon
Favorite Track: “Ik Roep”
Music from: Neerpelt, Belgium
What I like about it: I like how loosely the music presents itself, like it just climbed out of bed and walked to the center of the party. And I like how that quality contrasts with the crisply dealt phrasings on both saxophone and voice. The whole disposition of this album is of a band etching shapes into the surface of a cloud. This live performance originally went down back in 2011, and I like how the economics and technology of the internet provide an outlet for music like this to finally see the light of day on the recorded medium. Real good stuff, and yet one more fascinating album courtesy of site-favorite Jozef Dumoulin.
Your album personnel: Jozef Dumoulin (keyboards & effects), Lynn Cassiers (voice, electronics), Bo Van der Werf (baritone sax, electronics), Dries Laheye (bass, effects) and Eric Thielemans (drums).
Available at: Bandcamp
Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Be sure to check out the artist’s site.
By davesumner • Jazz Recommendations, Jazz Recommendations - 2018 • 0 • Tags: El Negocito Records, Jozef Dumoulin, Lidlboj, Neerpelt (Belgium)