On his ECM debut as a leader, the innovative and
creatively restless Norwegian guitarist opts for
sparse, gradually unfolding soundscapes that
emphasize the meditative component of his work.
Wooden, metallic, and airy sounds intertwine
with nearly subliminal bass gestures, mysterious electronic textures, and
rarified guitar timbres, resulting in singular and at times hallucinogenic
musical spaces that obliquely reference Asian, African, Middle Eastern,
Fourth World, and other tonalities. ECM.
LAST CHAPTER OF DREAMING
Marbin’s third album delivers track after track
of spirited performances that distill hard rock,
jazz-rock fusion, progressive rock, global fusion
(particularly Spanish and Eastern European
melodic motifs and ornamentation), and even
neo-classical forms, into a robust and heady brew. Guitarist Dani Rabin
and sax man Danny Markovitch (who began the group as an ambient-improvisational
duo) drive the music forward with a whirlwind of virtuosic
yet soulful soloing and intriguing harmonic interactions. Guests include
Paul Wertico and Steve Rodby of Pat Metheny Group fame. Moonjune.
Finnish fretted/fretless guitarist and oud player
Reijonen brings a pan-global perspective to the
extraordinary music on this disc. Backed by a distinguished
ensemble comprising Turkish, Swedish,
Palestinian, and Spanish musicians, his playing
is deep and profoundly nuanced throughout. Reijonen’s oud work is
superb, but it is the ways in which he has applied oud techniques and
sensibilities to guitar—particularly fretless—that are most likely to blow
GP readers’ minds. A spiritual atmosphere permeates this music, so its
not surprising that the album’s sole cover is a haunting reimagining of
Coltrane’s “Naima.” Jussireijonen.com.