More avantgarde/chamber rock from Cuneiform Records and yet another of their formidable weekend specials. Richly orchestrated (an octet plus 2 guests) album from 1999. I guess Mr Zappa should have liked this...
Favorite track: Metrolodic.
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."
"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."
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.
supported by 40 fans who also own “A Sophisticated Face”
Thanks to Leonardo MoonJune Pavkovic, this excellent sounding treasure from the Radio Bremen archives has finally been published. As my Bandcamp Friday rule is, to get at least one MoonJune release, here goes....
This is the Bundles line up with new members Karl Jenkins and Allan Holdsworth. Very interesting release of the ever evolving Softs! Carsten Pieper