Long time Jazz aficionado and musician in his own right Dick Metcalf, a.k.a. “Rotcod Zzaj”, has for many years been publishing his excellent magazine Improvijazzation Nation which amongst other things concentrates on and reviews the more eclectic and non-mainstream genres of music that many other so-called “open” review sites just get plain afraid and steer clear of. As such, he’s one of the few brave enough to provide a way to find new and exciting music that otherwise would have completely passed you by. Well worth a drop in if you have 5 minutes to spare. Here’s his review of Audio Cologne Project’s new album 2911. which gained the coveted “PICK” of this month’s issue – thanks, Dick!
Audio Cologne Project – 2911: There’s really only one keyword to define this excellent CD in from our long-time pal Dave Pearson (computerchemist), guitarist Uwe Cremer & drummer Zsolt Galántai – VIBRANT! & what a heckuvva’ way to close out an issue… as you scope out the 18:44 “Chemist’s Bike“, you’ll “get it” right away! The oddly titled “Crazy Bongos” is a piece that just DRIVES… high-energy playing, for sure – but do it (at least the first time) with your HEADPHONES on! It was the soaring guitar/drum/synth work on “Mind The Gap” that blew me away, though… definitely my favorite on the CD. I give “ACP” a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for listeners who want to dig down deep into the energy lode these guys are mining for your aural pleasure. “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is a perfect 5.00, which means that it also gets the “PICK” of this issue for “best high-energy instrumental collab”! Get more information about this group at the 2911 page on BANDCAMP (where you can also purchase/download it). — Rotcod Zzaj