:::Jazz Europe Express – Estonia:::

Posted: Sunday, 28 November 2010 by jazzlover in Etykiety:

PHLOX are a six piece band from Estonia of all places, and they play a blend of Canterbury and Fusion. I've said this before and I’ll say it again, Canterbury music is the hardest for me to describe because of how much fuzz(distortion) there can be. I mean the bass is fuzzed out, the keys, organ, heck even the guitar is distorted, making it difficult at times to tell what I’m hearing. I love it though,and i love this album. The title of this album means "tearing & folding" in English. By the way the keyboardist had a hand in composing every track. "Rahn" features these relentless drums and distorted keys. I have to say this drummer really stands out on this recording. Some guest flute on this track as well. Lots of energy and we get some prominent sax as well.
The distorted keys are lighting it up before 2 minutes. Guitar and bass sound excellent 4 1/2 minutes in. Check out the drum work before 6 1/2 minutes. Great opening track! "Kraap" is a live track that I’m sure doesn't mean "crap" in English. This is a short experimental tune with noisy sounds. Ok maybe? "Habe" is uptempo with drums and keys leading the way. Electric piano and sax join in as it settles some. It's intense again as the contrasts continue. "Hunt" is the longest track at just over 10 minutes. Sax and electric piano to open. Bass and drums join in before 1 1/2 minutes. This sounds so good. It kicks into gear after 2 1/2 minutes with chaos and distortion. Amazing! It settles again 4 1/2 minutes in. Check out the keyboards before 7 minutes it settles again. These guys play so incredibly well whether it's fast paced or a relaxed soundscape. Some guest tablas in this song as well. This song really contrasts these two styles well. "Juulius" opens with some impressive guitar and drumwork. I love when it settles in though with the fuzz as the bass and drums support. This has to be heard. "Kaavjas" has more of a Jazz vibe with intricate drumming, throbbing bass and electric piano. Gorgeous sound 4 minutes in as it settles. Sax follows. "Uhe Poja Toit" is pastoral with liquid keys and sax. Drums and a fuller sound before 1 1/2 minutes. Amazing sound 2 minutes in!  This drummer is so
good. "Sojajalgne" turns powerful before a minute with lots of distortion and guitar. Just one big fuzz-fest! Haha. The song calms right down before it kicks back in with a wall of sound 5 minutes in. "Kurehirm" is live like the last track. It seems like the three live songs are the more adventurous and "out there" songs on this album. This one features smooth sax melodies and piano until it turns avant-garde 2 minutes in and stays there until it changes after 5 minutes back to the sax and piano. I can't say enough about this album. A must for fans of adventurous Canterbury and Fusion music.
:::Review by Mellotron Storm:::

Phlox - Rebimine and Voltmine (2007)

01. Rähn (6:52)
02. Kraap (1:26)
03. Habe (4:48)
04. Hunt (10:09)
05. Juulius (3:22)
06. Kaavjas (7:54)
07. Ühe poja toit (3:16)
08. Sõjajalgne (6:30)
09. Kurehirm (6:14)

- Kalle Klein / sax
- Kristo Roots / guitar
- Pearu Helenurm / keyboards
- Raivo Prooso / bass
- Madis Zilmer / drums
- Allan Prooso / percussion

- Ramo Teder / flute
- Arno Kalbus / tabla

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