The Kandinsky Effect — Synesthesia
(Cuneiform Rune 358, 2013, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-10-24
A jazz-and-beyond trio of saxes, bass and drums, The Kandinsky Effect manages to maximize and enhance their sound using a variety of methods, including studio ambience, electronics and effects. It doesn’t hurt that the rhythm section of Gaël Petrina (bass & electronics) and drummer Kaleb Dolister are consistently tearing it up behind the one-man frontline of sax-man Warren Walker. This is one hard working trio, but it’s not just three guys making a lot of noise – they do understand the power of easing back and leaving some space within their grooves as well, and throughout it all, busy or laid back, whether stretching the elastic boundaries of improvisation or sticking close to composed forms, melody always reigns supreme. Hailing from France and the USA, five solid years of recording and touring (this is their second recording, but the first for Cuneiform) have fine-tuned their approach, stretching out beyond the confines of jazz into many directions, with the aforementioned electronics, funk grooves, bop, touches of punk, progressive rock, ambient and much more. These are three dauntless explorers, not content to just re-tread what’s been done before them, but determined to break new ground at every turn, all the while keeping their sound completely listenable and satisfying.
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