Present — No.6
(Carbon 7 C7-043, 2000, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2000-12-31
No. 6 is the latest release from Roger Trigaux’s band Present. This Belgian ensemble continues the musical tradition pioneered by King Crimson and extended by Richard Pinhas. The opening track, "The Limping Girl," at 17 minutes fits well in this vein of Frippish guitar licks, complex chord progressions, and ostinatos. Unfortunately, "Part 3" of this piece tends to wear a bit thin with 96 repetitions of the same note sequence that barely evolves over its four minutes. The next track, "Le Rodeur," an excellent quiet, ambient atmosphere bordering on the industrial with its scraping and moaning guitars, in my humble opinion, is much too short at two minutes. Next in line is "Ceux d’en bas (suite)" clocking in at about 20 minutes. This composition is another tour de force of Frippish guitar, shifting chords, etc. but it is truly a Present piece. The disk closes with "Sworlf," a more sedate excursion into the same realm. The musicianship is impeccable throughout No. 6 with each performer allowing his partners the room they need to develop their musical expressions. An excellent release that should appeal to all fans of King Crimson, Heldon, Richard Pinhas, Art Zoyd, Universe Zero, etc.
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