Angles (no number in their title this time) return with three tracks of signature, adventurous jazz. At times moving carefully but usually building, at times barely controlled chaos (but always controlled, even when I do seriously think they're about to lose it entirely), A Muted Reality keeps all the Angles in my top tier of jazz groups to listen and return to.
Favorite track: The Hidden Balcony.
A band of many configurations, from trio to tentet, this time Martin Kuchen’s Angles work with a 8-piece format the formulas you already know of pathos, playfulness, energy and bliss, but in renovated ways because the project is never fulfilled, never completed, as any investigative process should be. The music inside “A Muted Reality” comes from the heritage of Charles Mingus and Carla Bley, drinks from the ensemble ideas of Chris McGregor for his Brotherhood of Breath, and incorporates melodical aspects of the Swedish and Balcanic folk musics and rhythmical foundations in West Africa. The results are astonishing, going from the very simple to the grandiose, the detailed, sound centered, to the theatrical, the strictly organized to free-blowing improvisations, all of this with a big band sense of musicality, as if there’s many more participants in action. «An emotional roller coaster», wrote critic Guy Peters about this exhilarating proposal now one more time renewed. To Kuchen, geometry is infinite, open to unsuspected angles and material possibilities.
released June 17, 2022
Magnus Broo trumpet
Goran Kajfes trumpet, Maestro soundsystem for woodwinds pedal
Johan Berthling double bass
Konrad Agnas drums
Mats Äleklint trombone, sousaphone
Mattias Ståhl vibraphone
Alexander Zethson piano, Juno 106
Martin Küchen alto saxofone
Alexander Zethson/Mattias Ståhl/Konrad Agnas/Martin Küchen/Mats Äleklint/Goran Kajfes handclap/additional percussion
All compositions by Martin Küchen (STIM, NcB) | All arrangements by Angles 8
Recorded at BAS, Bandhagen, Stockholm by Martin Jonsson and Mats Äleklint the 22nd of April 2021 | Mixed and mastered by Mats Äleklint
Produced by Martin Küchen | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Design by Travassos