CD review: Shatner’s Bassoon

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The name of the band and the name of the album perfectly reflect the strange sonic world created by these six musicians from the same Leeds scene that gave us Trio VD, Roller Trio and Matthew Bourne.

Free improv mixes with electronic manipulation and compositions and tone poems which work on the edge where the comic and cliched meets the dark and dangerous.

Johnny Richards is on keyboards, Mark Bardon on basses, electric and double, Ollie Dover on saxophones, Craig Scott on guitar and Andrew Lisle on drums. Since the recording the band has acquired a second drummer in Joost Hendricks, and you will be able to hear what all this sounds like in live performance tomorrow night at The Ort Cafe in Birmingham.

Shatner's Bassoon

Shatner’s Bassoon

Judging by the album you can expect a roller coaster ride which takes in not only the candy floss stall and the dodgem cars but the house of horror as well. Because while that instrumental line-up could just as easily be playing smooth jazz, the way Shatner’s Bassoon tackle their instruments and associated electronic toys.

Dover’s saxophone style – mixing the usual with screams and reed pops – is not a distance from the sounds Christophe de Bezenac makes in Trio VD, while Craig Scott is just as likely to be making spooky sounds on fretless guitar, and you might also hear children’s toys or weird tapes in cassette machines.

An album full of surprises for the adventurous listener. Find out more here.

Shatner’s Bassoon are at The Ort Cafe from 8.30pm. Tickets are £5/£3 on the door. More about this Blam! gig here.

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