MACHINEGRUN - THREE WISE MEN IN A STRAIGHTJACKET (CDR by Insubordinations)
Insubordinations is a Swiss netlabel based in Geneva, focused on experimental music, be it improvised, electro- acoustic or otherwise of a experimental nature. All their releases are available as free downloads. Some of them are released in a limited edition as CDR. This is the case with this new release.
Machine Gun is a trio around composer and multi-instrumentalist John Menoud (alto and barytone saxophones), plus Frdric Berney (bass) and Filippo Provenzale (drums). All three of them are fantastic players, engaged with equal power and musicality in their battles.
Their highly concentrated improvisations originate clearly from a jazz background. The playing is very expressive and dynamic. These guys definitely have a story to tell. John Menoud has a nice sound and a wide range of techniques to his disposal and makes appropriate use of it. The trio builds intriguing dramatic structures, played with verve and togetherness. Impressive and very enjoyable. The music is very well recorded. Especially in the last track 'Sea Shell' however, it sounds as if the music was badly pressed on vinyl. Whether this was done with some purpose in mind I don't know.