Colin Edwin / Robert Jürjendal — Another World
((Not on label) , 2018, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-04-25
Ex-Porcupine Tree bassist extraordinaire Colin Edwin has been involved in a wide variety of musical ventures. His latest is a collaboration with Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal, Another World. The album contains nine instrumental tracks featuring Colin’s hypnotic and melodic bass and Robert’s lyrical guitar work. Helping them out is Australian trumpet phenom Ian Dixon and expert Norwegian electronics and sample manipulator Isak Nygaard. The opening track, “Blue Mint,” is an urban landscape with many interesting musical elements (cascading and echoing bass delays and evolving guitar textures), most notably Dixon’s jazzy muted trumpet playing. There is some resemblance to Jade Warrior on the otherworldly “Sancho Panza,” the delicate “Memories of Sand,” and “Tightrope Walker.” I know that Chuck Mangione gained fame on the flugelhorn, but Ian Dixon’s effects-laden improvisations bear a marked resemblance to Mangione’s style. The title track is an eerie and haunting piece with Colin’s growling bass and Robert’s subtle guitar. “Hybrid Horizons” is a spacious piece that showcases Dixon’s innovative musical approach. One of the highlights is “Dance of Kaia (Earth)” with its mid-Eastern theme. And the album closer, “My Island,” slowly unfolds from its introspective ambient beginning, building to a searing guitar solo and what sounds like a sitar.
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