Exposé Online banner

Thierry Zaboitzeff — Sixteenth
(Booster BTZ958, 2012, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-10-25

Sixteenth Cover artHard to believe that “Dr. Zab” now has sixteen releases to his credit, but it’s true. And of all, this is one of the most eclectic, offering a wide palette of ideas and styles, shifting gears from one track to the next, so much so that it’s often a difficult one to summarize, but it’s nonetheless listenable while being highly explorative and original. For the most part, Zaboitzeff plays all the instruments here (bass, guitars, cello, samplers) as well as some vocals – although the primary focus is on instrumental work. Isabelle Farmini provides beautiful soprano voice parts to four of the cuts, two of which feature lyrics, and Erik Baron’s d-zAkord (a group of five guitarists and two bassists) is featured on one other track. Some of the material here could fit in well with some of his soundtrack material, while other pieces are very rhythmic and aggressive, offering a strong and potent mix of jazz, ambient, ethnic, weird mutant rock, and even touches of zeuhl. Opener “Slippery Nights” is a case in point, offering a curious strangeness that is instantly compelling. “Ov.6” represents a slower building melody working within some haunting dreamlike atmospherics. “Free at Last” pits intense bass and electronic grooves over the famous speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, gradually adding some clever melodic twists and rhythms. After a chaotic start, “Schluss mit Kunst” finds a curious electronic oriented groove fed by samples and some intense guitar buildup. “Touch” combines a variety of electronics (textures and samples), female voice and guest beat-boxing into some very innovative results, perhaps one of the disc’s most interesting cuts. While this disc tends to shift around in some strange unexpected directions, it nonetheless makes for a very interesting listen beginning to end.

Filed under: New releases, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): Thierry Zaboitzeff

Latest news

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues – Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame....  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues