Mr. D. N. Reece

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (327 of 361)
Location: Birmingham, UK
Birthday: 21 Dec

I'm a big advocate of anything experimental, avant-garde and challenging, especially Free Jazz, Modern Classical and Psych Folk. After listening to a new piece of music I like to have a biscuit and a cup of tea.


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High Noon ~ Christian Marclay
High Noon ~ Christian Marclay
4.0 out of 5 stars High Noon, 17 Mar 2009
On High Noon, electronic sampling, cut-up wizard Christian Marclay and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp have fun messing around with the sounds and atmosphere of the Spaghetti Western, deconstructing, obliterating, reworking and updating them through sonic interplay as each musician pushes the other into submission like two old, scarred and dirt-trodden gunslingers meeting one last time for an impressive, final showdown. Marclay's electronics are warm, fuzzy, soaked in a dense, earthy quality simulating sheep bells, billowing wind and the dust and heat of the desert. Sharp's various instruments are minimal and abstract, his guitar plucking on opener 'Blinding Shadow' is sparing and slick… Read more
Improvisations - Saxophone Solos ~ Olle Bonnier
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impropositions, 17 Mar 2009
One of the things I love best about rain is the ability it has to hold my attention for long periods of time just looking through a window upon a framed world gradually becoming soaked in water. This gazing can be misinterpreted as daydreaming, but that would imply that my mind was wondering elsewhere and not really thinking about the rain before me and that isn't true - well most of the time that isn't true. So what does that have to do with Mats Gustafsson? Well, listening to Impropositions is a bit like watching the rain - the process is slow, almost meditative, there is a beauty about it that isn't immediate and it takes a while to fully appreciate the complexity and the beauty behind… Read more
Radiale ~ Zu
Radiale ~ Zu
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3.0 out of 5 stars Radiale, 17 Mar 2009
A collision of continents as Chicago trio Spaceways (Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, and Nate McBride) crash head first, fists flying, kicking and screaming straight into Italian Jazz-Rock-Dub trio Zu (Massimo Pupillo, Jacopo Battaglia, and Luca Tommaso Mai). The result is a blast of dark, heavy, rumbling bass, pierced by squealing saxophone and reed playing and rock-orientated, beat-heavy drum bashing.

The two drummers (Battaglia and Drake) and the two bassists (Pupillo and McBride) split the album down the middle as the Zu members take the first half of the album and the Spaceways crew the second. Luca Tommaso Mai on Saxophone and Ken Vandermark on Reeds are the two main players… Read more

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