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More Soma — Honden Doden Dans
(Circum-Disc microcidi019, 2021, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2021-05-25
The trio More Soma from Lille includes Jean-Baptiste Rubin (saxes) and Mathieu Millet (double-bass) from _Unk, along with drummer Fred l’Homme. That’s pretty much where the similarities between the two groups end. The trio’s music on Honden Doden Dans (or even Hondendodendans as it’s sometimes written) is purely improvised first-take stuff, apparently without much rehearsing, it just sort of comes together, mistakes and all, and sometimes it really doesn’t — it’s the group’s debut release. Noisy, chaotic, free jazz composed in real time, and frankly, not that easy to listen to; sometimes I wonder if they are even listening to one another while they play! There are four tracks that account for about forty-one minutes of play time: "God A," "God B," "Dog A," and "Dog B." I have to be honest here, I've never made it through all four tracks without taking a break somewhere in between, it's that harsh and disturbing. Folks who like totally free jazz with a lot of honking and crashing might find something of value here. My recommendation: keep a bottle of Excedrin handy.
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