Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann

24 Tales

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Unusual in concept and execution, this joint project between multi-instrumentalist Alex Machacek and drummer Marco Minnemann crosses over many boundaries of jazz fusion as well as production techniques. Minnemann recorded a single continuous drum track over which Machacek then dubbed guitar, keyboards, and other instruments. The result is a continuous music made up of many snippets of thought and sound projection, some song styles, improvisation, and solos on occasion. While the music is complex, minimalist, or even kinetic, it is far from tame or commonplace. Primarily an electric guitarist, Machacek is capable of some amazing sounds whether he approaches rock or jazz fusion, even minimalism or looped-type techniques. His musical portrait of the "Tour de France" encompasses the gamut of emotions a cyclist can experience during the three-week race, while "At the Club" is both comical and busy, with help from trombonist Martin Ptak. There are maddeningly kinetic moments, down-in-the-dumps blues, mysterious elements, and Machacek's acoustic piano on occasion. Minnemann's drumming can be sparse or full of girth, but more up and down as energy surges and disperses. While some might find this lacking in cohesion and true communality, there's a good spirit present, listenable and tuneful in spots, and inspired for many others.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
2 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 01:51 SpotifyAmazon
3 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
4 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 01:27 SpotifyAmazon
5 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 04:04 SpotifyAmazon
6 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 01:07 SpotifyAmazon
7 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 00:30 SpotifyAmazon
8 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 01:26 SpotifyAmazon
9 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 00:59 SpotifyAmazon
10 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 04:37 SpotifyAmazon
11 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 00:27 SpotifyAmazon
12 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 00:55 SpotifyAmazon
13 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 00:27 SpotifyAmazon
14 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
15 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
16 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 02:03 SpotifyAmazon
17 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 01:03 SpotifyAmazon
18 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 01:36 SpotifyAmazon
19 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
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Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 01:17 SpotifyAmazon
21 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
22 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
23 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
24 Alex Machacek / Marco Minnemann 04:33 SpotifyAmazon
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