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BLIND MAN’S BAND

«Surviving Flies»
INSULA JAZZ, 025

The second releases of the Copenhagen-based trio Blind Man’s Band – Danish würlitzer and electronics player Christian Rønn, bass and electronics player Claus Poulsen and French drummer Kevin Angboly, again a cassette, was recorded live during VinterJazz events at KoncertKirken, Copenhagen, on February 2019. It is another DIY work. The mixing was done by Rønn and the cover art by Poulsen. No other information is provided.

Blind Man’s Band return with new sound and stronger identity as a band. The trio begins by exploring loose and chaotic aesthetics of ambient-spacey fusion, dominated by Rønn’s psychedelic sound würlitzer that brings to mind the small outfits of Sun Ra and his kind of space jazz, with the nervous, tougher sound of the rhythm section. But already on the following «Repeat» its interplay gravitates into wilder, more urgent and more claustrophobic mode of playing. «Bon Jazz» swings back to ethereal, spacey stratosphere but «Come Back» allows Angboly to set the atmosphere with a repetitive pulse, patiently embraced by Rønn and Pulsen. The last «Long Cuts» settles the gentle-spacey, Sun Ra-ish fusion in leisured but noisy setting.

Short set, but quite a powerful one.

Eyal Hareuveni
Christian Rønn (würlitzer, eff.), Claus Poulsen (b, clausophone, eff.), Kevin Angboly (dr)