Axis Trio - Anthem

by Amino Belyamani

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Amino's pre-Dawn of Midi trio from 2010...contains most of the constituent ideas that finally coalesced in that later trio setting...
But this is fine music in its own right; it never settles in one place too long...always looking to refute genre specifics and constantly throwing up surprises to delight the listener.
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about

"INTRIGUING...THE MUSICIANS READ EACH OTHER INSIGHTFULLY AND QUICKLY.
THEIR IDEAS MERIT ATTENTION AND EXAMINATION."
-DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

"THIS ELECTRONIFIED ACOUSTIC-PIANO TRIO BROKE ALL THE MAIN RULES OF POSTMODERN
JAZZ AND ESCAPED UNSCATHED."
-GREG BURK, METALJAZZ

"ANTHEM IS A MUSIC OF EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY, A HYPNOTIC WORK OF INTRICATELY
WOVEN POLYRHYTHMS, RICH INSERTIONS OF ELECTRONICS A LA APHEX TWIN, AND
EXCEPTIONALLY LYRICAL. THE GROUP UPDATES THE MODEL OF THE FLAT TRIO."
-LUCIANO VANNI, JAZZIT 100 GREATEST JAZZ ALBUMS 2010

"ONE OF THOSE DEFINING RECORDS FOR THIS YOUNG AND FLEDGLING JAZZ THREESOME."
-PICO, SOMETHING ELSE

"MORE COMPLEX THAN MAY APPEAR AT FIRST...ANTHEM IS THE CONFIDENT WORK OF A
FORMATION WHOSE LEVEL OF MATURITY SHOWS THAT THEY ARE READY TO TAKE ON NEW
CHALLENGES."
-THE MILK FACTORY, UK

"GLORIOUS ELECTRONICALLY-ENHANCED JAZZ."
-MIXMAG, UK

"AXIS TRIO CONSTANTLY REINVENT THEMSELVES AND FIGHT TO ELUDE CATEGORISATION. THE
MUSIC SHIFTS AND MOVES BETWEEN PERIODS OF DISSONANT CLASHING AND INTENSE
HYPNOTIC PASSAGES, ONLY TO FALL AWAY INTO THE SWEETEST REPRISES OF SENTIMENTALITY."
-ROB DABROWSKI, NOTION MAGAZINE

"THE FREE FLOATING FOCUSED DRIFT OF AXIS TRIO'S ANTHEM IS A TESTAMENT TO MOOD AND
MUSICALITY."
-KRISTOFER UPJOHN, DJ FIX

"...A DRAMATIC COMBINATION OF KID A -ESQUE ELECTRONIC BLIPS AND SIGHS,
ROMANTIC PIANO, CRASHING PERCUSSION AND FUNKY HYPER BASS -- A MEMORABLE
AND SUCCESSFUL BLEND."
-ALANA HARPER, WNYC

"AN INTREPID US-BASED THREESOME WHO FUSE ACOUSTIC JAZZ WITH ELECTRONICS."
-RECORD COLLECTOR, UK

"GOOD AVANT-JAZZ WHERE ELECTRONICS COME IN TO ALTER REALITY IN A SUBTLE,
ALMOST UNDETECTED WAY...MODERN JAZZ WITH A STRONG EUROPEAN FLAVOUR,
THOUGH A LITTLE WARMER, EVEN ROMANTIC AT TIMES."
-FRANCOIS COUTURE, MONSIEUR DELIRE

"SI ASCOLTA CON PIACERE ED INTERESSE.
SI PUÒ DIRE QUESTO, DI MOLTE PRODUZIONI RECENTI?"
("YOU LISTEN WITH PLEASURE AND INTEREST. CAN THIS BE SAID OF MANY RECENT
PRODUCTIONS?")
-MARCO CARCASI, KATHODIK

"UNDER AN INFINITE SKY OF TIMBRES AND SKILLFUL IMPROVISATION, AXIS TRIO PROVIDES
SURPRISING RESULTS."
-RINUS VAN DER HEIJDEN, JAZZENZO

"THEIR MUSIC INVOLVES AN UNPREDICTABLE BLEND OF GROUP IMPROVISATION AND
COMPOSITIONS."
-RICK ANDERSON, MUSIC MEDIA MONTHLY

"THE AXIS TRIO PULLS MY EARS ABOUT A MILE APART. MY HEAD WILL NEVER LOOK THE SAME!"
-ROGER Z, THE WORKING MUSICIAN


Amino Belyamani - piano, prepared piano, electronics
Sam Minaie - bass, cello
Qasim Naqvi - drums, toys

credits

released July 21, 2010

Written by Amino Belyamani
Recorded by Steve Wood at Benaji Studios
Mixed by Owen Vallis
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Studios
Design by Asad Pervaiz
Record Label - Accretions
Release Date - July 2010
www.axistrio.com

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