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7.25/10 Avi
 

MIRIODOR - Avanti! - CD - Cuneiform Records - 2009

review by: Avi Shaked

The first track on Avanti! starts off like a somber, slow motion take on modern King Crimson, but then it suddenly takes a more cheerful, Gentle Giant-like form. Alas, the band Miriodor sounds somewhat mechanical, and you keep expecting a vocalist to pour some emotions into the tangled, mathematical composition.

This lack of character is clearly not what you expect from a band that has been active for over 25 years now. But, wait! Miriodor does keep some refreshing weapons for later on.

The second track, "Dare Devil," reveals some festive trumpet playing at the forefront, making the entire piece sound a whole lot livelier. There are colorful organ and guitar lines here as well. Hell, the guest trumpet player (Maxime St-Pierre) even takes a jazzy solo!

"Meeting Point" follows. It opens with a brilliant, romantic (classical music) section, moves on to some avant-garde tempering, consisting knocks and distant electronic sounds. Then, the piece evolves into some dazzling, advanced contrapuntal work, before returning to the harmonics, all within the first four minutes or so of the piece, which overall presents a truly exciting modern angle on classical music.

By the time the fifth track, "To Be Determined," starts, the bad taste of the first track is completely forgotten, but a sense of sameness lurks around the corner. Yet, in addition to showing off excellent compositional and performance skills once again, the basic lineup is augmented by a trombone and sax players, and besides a wonderful and never expected interplay, there is a sax solo of the free jazz school that is right on the money!

As the album unfolds, Miriodor comes off as a distinguishable outfit of contemporary music, mostly in its compositional qualities, which provide elaboration and dedication not unlike current label mates Univers Zero, but taken to the lighter side, and exhibiting a lot of playfulness that is Miriodor's own. (7.25/10)

 

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