Blonk, Gustafsson & Zerang
Jaap Blonk / Mats Gustafsson / Michael Zerang
"Documenting a complete, unedited session recorded in Stockholm, there is a visceral excitement as each of the eleven cuts of this recording explores the extremes of the avant-garde. Blonk is found here in a startlingly original and totally improvised trio with free music stylists Matts Gustafsson and Michael Zerang. A departure from Blonk's other recordings, this is the first of two stunning interactions with some of the finest free-style musicians on the scene. For this CD, Swedish woodwind whiz Gustafsson brings his full arsenal of soprano, tenor, and baritone saxophones, flute, fluteophone, and french flageolet, while Chicagoan Zerang powerfully and gracefully fills the percussion slot. Blonk's voice is both horn and percussionist, and the three performers seem to enjoy the interactive flow of pings, pops, and scratches. Stimulating and ever-changing, this recording demands close listening, but the rewards are clearly there for the adventuresome. Not to be missed, this version of Improvisors is laced with humor, along with buckets of extraordinary noises/sounds.""
Blonk, Nijdam & Van der Putten
Jaap Blonk, Jan Nijdam en Bart van der Putten
"The trio started playing in 1990. From the beginning the trio was able to create it's own sound world. The musicians understand each other without the need for explanation. Intuitively they switch direction as one, go into fierce discussions, discover idyllic landscapes, play limping rhythms or dive into lyrical pursuits all this in pure sound."
""The earliest recording on CD available of Blonk's work with his trio, Braaxtaal is a wild romp through the sound poet's bizarre and surrealistic world, where one is as likely to be shocked as surprised." -Steve Loewy, AllMusic"
"...certainly invites itself to be played again and again, which I think is what music on a physical release should be all about, so I would prefer this one over the previous. Blonk has successfully re-invented what he is doing, and explores new roads here. - Vital Weekly, Netherlands"