Nexus — Buenos Aires Free Experience 2
(no#, 2007, CD)
by Scott Steele, Published 2008-10-01
Nexus are a very strong rock quartet with standard guitar / keyboards / bass / drums instrumentation. The idea of the Buenos Aires Free Experience series is to place musicians in an improvising situation, whether they are accustomed to improvising or not. Here we hear the sound of a band that is forced to improvise, and the results are mixed. The first song is nearly 18 minutes long and there is no harmonic movement whatsoever. These fellows are jamming. It's too bad that there isn't some kind of harmonic framework for them to show what they can do with some kind of structure — even just a little bit. The improvisations suffer from a lack of group-think, which is typical of musicians who are not accustomed to doing it. Sure, they are talented players, but they sound like they are in different worlds sometimes. At one point in the song "Servicio de Lounge," both the keyboardist and the guitarist are soloing away when the bass player changes the pedal point. This knocks the soloists for a loop. What to do when soloing in E, and the bass player suddenly plays C? The answer of course is to modulate to a C-related key, but these guys wobble and finally stop playing altogether. A two-person (keyboards and drums) improvisation is much better — there are no harmonic conflicts, only rhythmic ones. Despite the problems with this release, I would like to hear the other records in the series.
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more