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  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0038QGXI6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Well established on the new improvisation scene, Food was founded originally as a quartet in 1998, but since 2006 it has worked as a core duo of Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen and British saxophonist Iain Ballamy, joined each season by a shifting cast of guests. For this first ECM album those guests were Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær and Austrian guitarist/electronics player Christian Fennesz.

In the "augmented duo" concept of the current Food, the acoustic elements of the music, with drums, bells, blocks, gongs and lyrical saxophone, are enhanced by the use of live sampling. Molvaer and Fennesz were invited to engage with Food's forward-thinking approach to creating music - using sound, space and texture to create ever-changing atmospheres and environments. Fennesz is featured on three of the seven tracks, Molvær on four (his most extended appearance on ECM since 'Solid Ether').

'Quiet Inlet', recorded at various locations including the Molde Festival and Oslo's Blå club in 2007/8, and mixed at Oslo's Rainbow Studio, is Food's sixth album. Previous discs - on the Feral and Rune Grammofon labels - have received very positive press. Now their ECM debut takes the music to the next level. The album will appeal strongly to listeners who enjoyed recent ECM discs from Arve Henriksen (a member of Food for eight years) and Jon Hassell - it features improvisation in a "progressive ambient" mode, reflective and melodic.

Food are well-known in Britain. Winners of a BBC Radio 3 Innovation Award, last year they appeared with the London Sinfonietta, premiering Iain Ballamy's "Gold Acre". Ballamy was previously a member of Django Bates' Loose Tubes big band and Bill Bruford's Earthworks. Strønen has recorded for ECM with the group Parish (with Bobo Stenson). Fennesz came out of the Vienna techno scene of the 1980s and Molvær is one of the most influential present-day improvisers. His ECM discography includes Arild Andersen's band Masqualero, as well as the best-selling 'Khmer' and 'Solid Ether', whose mix of post-Miles trumpet, electronics and hiphop beats launched the so-called 'nu jazz' movement.

Personnel: Iain Ballamy (tenor & soprano saxophones), Thomas Strønen (drums, live electronics), Nils Petter Molvær (trumpet, electronics), Christian Fennesz (guitar, electronics)

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Quiet Inlet is Food's second album as a duo after the departure of Arve Henriksen and Mats Eilertsen in 2004. The group is joined this time by trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær and noise/ambient guitar star Christian Fennesz. Together they've produced a sumptuous and strikingly original record.

Thomas Strønen's percussion conveys a strong sense of the exotic. His playing is characterised by a sense of Zen-like space, each moment focused upon as it unfolds. He's able to switch from powerhouse rhythmic drive to reflective precision in the flicker of an eyelid. Factor in his deployment of effects and post-processing and he becomes an exciting and thoroughly intriguing performer.

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Iain Ballamy initially seems a very different proposition. His work is highly melodic and grounded in mainstream jazz, but like Strønen there's a strong sense of reflection and concentrated participation. This is a duo that really listens to each other. Ballamy contributes a swooning, and at times breathtaking, sense of keening beauty. It's the contrast between the two players that makes the music such an intriguing success.

Both Chimaera and Cirrina feature enthralling duets between Ballamy and Molvær, the former dipping and arcing like a swallow in slow motion while Molvær traces mournful vapour trails in a deep blue sky. Mictyris begins in muscular agitation, like a bad dream sci-fi movie, but unexpectedly evaporates into melodic, wistful fragments. Final track Fathom features Fennesz's faraway vibrato guitar and subtle coloration.

Quiet Inlet reveals a technologised rhythmic approach distantly related to jungle and two-step as well as connections with 1970s Miles Davis recordings, such as Big Fun's Great Expectations and Recollections. Food's music is a magical hybrid of technology and improvisation, Europe and America, ambience and dance. --Colin Buttimer

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