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A Sophisticated Face

by Blast

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One Pair 02:33
Metrolodic 05:51
Rind 02:13
Transversal 08:19
Solstice 02:15
Zoot 04:12
Oc 00:59
Transmotude 02:00
Hogh 05:06
Emety Neprac 08:10


On A Sophisticated Face, Blast deliver an exciting stylistic departure from their previous albums; on this album the band are essentially a miniature orchestra, employing guitar, trumpet, soprano, alto & baritone sax, alto clarinet, violin, cello, cymbalom, bass & percussion.
This is gloriously orchestrated, sophisticated, intriguing music, performed by one of the best "complex music" bands on the planet.

"Much of A Sophisticated Face is densely structured but composed and executed with considerable attention to the timbral possibilities presented by varied instrumental groupings. The listener's attention is free to move through many sound layers, all crisply detailed. The most ambitious and fully realized of Blast's recordings on the Cuneiform label, A Sophisticated Face arguably stands as one of the best contemporary music releases of 1999."
– AllMusic

"If one can appreciate the extremes of precision and complexity, then this is the real thing...some of the most amazing & completely insane chamber rock of the day."
– Exposé.


released September 22, 1999

Dirk Bruinsma : Soprano & Baritone Sax
Edward Capel : Soprano & Alto Sax
Päd Conca : Electric Bass
Frank Crijns : Electic & Acoustic Guitar
Fran Lorkovic : Percussion, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel
Bart Maris : Trumpet, Flügelhorn
Jan Erik van Regteren Altena : Violin
Michiel Weidner : Cymbalom, Cello
Cor Links : Marimba 1), 4)
Rob Snijders : Percussion 3)

Composed by Bruinsma (5, 9), Capel (3), Conca (11) and Crijns (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8).

Produced by Blast.
Recorded at Tafelberg Studio, The Netherlands by Bernard Jussen.
Mixed at Studio Midi-Pyrénées, France by Bob Drake, Dirk Bruinsma & Frank Crijns.


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Cuneiform Records is an independent record label releasing adventurous, boundary-bursting music by artists from around the world.

Founded in 1984.
Based in Washington D.C.

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