Talk for a Listener |cs278









He sports such a great name, I want to like his music but I've never been able to cotton to the sounds bassist Frangenheim creates and this recording is no exception. Eleven tracks, 52 minutes, solo acoustic bass, of the kind of overly-active, scratchy, squeaky free improv that always sounds, to me, derived from the drier reaches of post-serial music. Just not my cuppa. Brian Olewnick (Just Outside)

We've written about Frangenheim before, whether playing solo, as on "The Knife Again", or in duo with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura on "Nax". On "Talk For A Listener", he goes far beyond conventions, getting rid of any foothold 'a listener" may have, but forcing him to go into hitherto unheard sonic realms, which vary between disconcerting and welcoming, between almost beyond avant-garde to moments that are almost classical. Frangenheim really delves deep into the moment, extracting sounds from his bass without actually seeming to care for his audience, despite the title, but then the realisation hits that maybe he is the listener, and his bass is doing the talking, revealing new possiblities and sounds, new approaches, new ways of weaving silence into internal monologues. Who knows?

This is not easy listening, but requires concentrated attention to follow the strange shifts and changes, the muted, screeching sounds, the evocated distresss, but also to fully appreciated the beauty of the resonating strings, the beauty of the bowed playing and the moments of peace of mind. Stef (FreeJazz)