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The Hammond organ has been rarely used in free improvisation settings. Upon listening to MOSQ, one can't help but wonder why. The fact that the instrument has been identified with smoke-filled jazz clubs, progressive rock, and tasteless muzak provides elements of answers, but if anything this album proves it can bring unique atmospheres to spontaneous music. Steamboat Switzerland's Dominik Blum has shown how, when passed through basic effects boxes (echo, flanger, distortion) this particular organ can mirror many modern-day electronic sounds. But while his stabbed chords give the Swiss group a metal-esque attitude, Mosq's organ is all texture. The group consists of turntablist Erik M, organist Charlie O., and saxophonists Akosh Szeleveny and Quentin Rollet. The music of this CD was recorded live in June 2001. Charlie O. and Eric M work together to create eerie soundscapes, while the two saxophones weave lines through the fabric or work off one another to bring the music to a climax. The quality of the listening taking place between the musicians is exemplary. Each piece ends perfectly, either by surprise or by gently putting the audience back on their feet. Erik M sticks to textural backgrounds, never dropping a single identifiable (as in signifying) sample. Charlie O.'s organ, although recognizable in sound, remains out of any style, laying down intricate sustained chords and whisper-quiet burbling. Mostly meditative but acutely avant-garde, MOSQ makes for a highly rewarding listening experience.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 9:31
2 11:36
3 12:23
4 10:03
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