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The Electrics - Live at Glenn Miller Café

Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG Newsletter

The Electrics feature Axel Dorner on trumpet & slide trumpet, Sture Ericson on tenor sax & clarinets, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten bass and Raymond Strid on drums.
This is the second disc from the Electrics and was recorded in October of 2005.
No doubt you know microtonal trumpet hero Axel Dorner from a variety of situations like solos, duos with Kevin Drumm & Tony Buck, plus work with Alex Von Schlippenbach, Sven-Ake Johansson & the Territory Band. Scandinavian bass great, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten has blown minds with The Thing, Scorch Trio and projects with Ken Vandermark. Drum wiz, Raymond Strid, has worked with Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell and Mats Gustafsson.
This is some intense stuff, tight, exciting and incredibly well done. There are moments when the trumpet and tenor sax wail, bend their notes and end up on the very same note. Both Sture on all three reeds and Axel on trumpets appear to have a most sympathetic communication. They are hooked up and bend their notes together. On "Electrance" the quartet goes for that minimal thing with rubbed percussion, breathy trumpet and suspense-filled bass sounds. This is a well-balanced quartet where all players are of equal importance, each excells in their own way. I am only know of reedsman, Sture Ericson, from the other Electrics disc, yet he is outstanding throughout, whether screaming on tenor or playing twisted sounds on either clarinet. Drummer, Raymond Strid, is also pretty consistently amazing at balancing the dynamics from the ferocious to the intricate.
This is certainly that edge-of-your-seat sort of excitement were all you know is that something incredible is in store yet you never know which direction they will head into next.