- erasmus quintet: serious folly
(2010, cd, usa, nhic records)
On "Serious Folly", the ensemble presents improvised music, where rigid, almost machine-like rhythmic patterns are the basis for group improvisations.
Add to this that the instrumentation (two guitars, accordion, sax and percussion) does not include a bass and drum rhythm section, and you will understand that the result does not really sound like something that one encounters very often.
Contrary to the recent improvised jazz "Lubricity" release by the Mayhem Circus Electric (that shares quite a number of members with the Erasmus Quintet), "Serious Folly" has a more straight-forward, modern / classical approach.
Both ensembles are into improvisation, and yet have a completely different sound.
"Serious Folly" is challanging, and not easy, but worth your attention.
If you're in to experimental, improvised music, you should give this a try.