Roots and Wires

Hans Koch

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Roots and Wires Review

by Steve Loewy

Hans Koch is not the first of the avant-garde jazz musicians to add turntables to the mix, but he certainly is one of the best to do so. For this intriguing set, he brings two turntablists -- DJ M. Singe and DJ I. Sound -- plus percussionist Fredy Studer and electric cellist Martin Schütz. The results astound, with each of the eight pieces displaying different aspects of the group's sound. Ranging from minimalist fare to wild, ferocious crashing cacophony, the quintet blasts forth noise and crazed sounds that should not have any trouble making it to the floors of the disco. Koch is stupendous, whether on his usual bass clarinet or on soprano and tenor saxophones and electronics. But, it's the DJs who stamp their names on this one, with wild, twisted distorted bubblegum notes that pull and punch with abandon. It is all fun, and most importantly, it somehow works by avoiding the snares of pastiche, instead producing an invigorating, innovative series of pieces that should satisfy the most demanding of tastes.

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