Sunday, October 31, 2021


Founded by guitar player Frank Crijns and multi-instrumentalist Dirk Bruinsma in 1989 (!!), the Dutch Blast ensemble has recently released "Vortographs".
This time, it was just the duo without additional musicians, but the result is as impressive as expected.

4 pieces.

Frank Crijns : electric guitar , midi programming
Dirk Bruinsma : soprano and alto sax , vibraphone , midi programming , percussion programming

Out on Bandcamp.
CD released by Recommended Records.

The music, as ever, is highly complex, poly-metric, confident and bemusingly intriguing. If you are familiar with their earlier work, this sounds to me like a coming into maturity of their compositional style; everything finds its proper measure, with dynamic, tempo and colour balances perfectly judged. It’s beautifully recorded with close attention to detail. And its music you can listen to repeatedly, because it sounds different every time.

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