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.
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more