Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Necks - Chemist

The Necks,
Chris Abrahams(piano), Tony Buck(drums)and Lloyd Swanton (bass)
have released some 13 albums of what is often described as experimental jazz.
They defy traditional description's however and define themselves as follows

Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz the music of
The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.
Their albums feature lengthy improvisational pieces that
slowly unravel in
the most intoxicating fashion, frequently
underpinned by an insistent deep groove.

These three musicians are among the most respected
and in-demand in Australia,
working in every field from pop
to avant-garde. Over 200 albums feature their
presence individually
or together, but the music of The Necks stands apart from
everything else they have done.

This 2006 album "The Chemist" is a masterpiece, split in 3, 20min
pieces instead of their more usual hour long single track albums,
it is a mesmerizing, sometimes discordant, sometimes minimalist,
unpredictable journey. Stan in Canberra, who requested the last post,
is hoping to see these guys play tomorrow night, I'm sure it will
be a wonderful experience.
This fits in well with yesterdays post as a follow on and I have
many more Chris Abrahams related posts planned for the future.

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stan said...

And see them I did. Go here to read my lame attempt at describing the evening's entertainment.

cheers stan

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Brilliant review Stan with references as diverse as john cage to the stooges and loads of insightful observances.
It sounds like a great gig
ciao bob

John Daly said...

Howdy, anychance of this link being re-upped? Always like finding some Necks stuff. Thanks, John