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Exploding Customer : At Your Service (Ayler)


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UPC: 7320470068311

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: aylCD-063
Squidco Product Code: 8649

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded October 3, 2006 by Tomas Hallonsten.


Martin Küchen-alto sax, tenor sax

Tomas Hallonsten-trumpet

Benjamin Quigley-bass

Kjell Nordeson-drums

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track listing:

1. Goodbye Smith Town!

2. Let's Tear the Threads of Trust

3. Wars

4. Cold Jewel

5. Who Serves the Servant?

6. The Supply and Demand of Love and Hate

7. Els Segadors / Sin Nombre

Total time 41:28

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Groove oriented free jazz in the third release on the Ayler label from this Scandinavian free jazz unit, their first studio release on the label. Amazingly tight integrated playing with great soloing particularly from saxophonist Martin Küchen, who composed the majority of the pieces, with one Carla Bley number and one composition from Tomas Hallonsten.

"There's nothing like busking to beef up your tone, and doing it near the Arctic Circle amplifies the benefits. Exploding Customer's founder and chief composer, Martin Küchen, shows plenty of muscle on his saxophones; his alto playing is tart and nimble, his tenor as bracing as a Baltic squall. He also brings plenty else to this quartet's music, and the rest of the band doesn't sit back and let him do all the work.

He and trumpeter Tomas Hallonsten braid attractively lyrical lines between their earthy solos on "The Supply and Demand of Love and Hate", the penultimate and most lengthy performance on this mostly pithy disc. While both men can play it straight and make it count, each pushes the timbral possibilities of his respective horn; it sounds like Küchen has something metallic shoved down the bell of his alto on "Wars", obtaining a saber-parrying rattle, while Hallonsten fashions an eerie statement from misshapen growls and attenuated high notes on "Supply and Demand".

Bassis Benjamin Quigley and drummer Kjell Nordeson keep things grounded throughout with throbbing low-end pulse and crisp, maneuverable cymbal work. Küchen's writing is just as key in securing this music's accessibility. He makes no bones about fashioning tunes you can hum as well as blow, and covers a range of moods. "Cold Jewels" strikes a proud and stirring Iberian profile, and the playful "Who Serves the Servant?" punctuate breakneck groove statements with lusty shouting and whinnying cries. This is an excellent recording by a group in full command of its medium."-Bill Meyer, Downbeat

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