Osso Exótico + Z'ev

Curious. Just curious. A collaboration between Z'ev, legendary player of percussion and tape-manipulator (among many qualities) and the Portuguese trio of Osso Exotico (André Maranha, David Maranha and Patrícia Machas), the little chamber orchestra of all things minimalist? Maybe it's less of a mystery than it seems.

This release lacks any information besides artist names and label's website (unless some insert is missing), so we have to be guessing (again). Unlike some of his previous collaborations I think it's not the result of some postal exchange of sound material, but the actual playing together of these four musicians. When you hear it than the unlikeliness of the recording seems to vanish - this is music that actually sounds like it belongs together. The drones of Osso Exotico, tight, layered, minimalist fits actually very well with Z'ev tribalesque percussion work here. It's a jam, that seems a sure thing. No editing or overdubbing has been used here, which is a pity, sinceas a whole thing it is somewhat too loosely played. Certainly when the four players are 'searching' for a sound. Once the ball gets rolling, it rolls, it makes ripples becoming waves, waves becoming thunder storm. It's in these moments when the true power of the music comes alive.

Osso Exótico

A tribal version of LaMonte Young, the grittiness of Tony Conrad on a multiple instruments and the psychedelic power that is found in more of the recent Osso Exotico recordings. Despite a few flaws in the recording, and the fact that it sounds a bit muffled, this is a very nice work. Get them in a proper studio and let them work on it more extensively.


Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly
Photos: R.R.

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