The Kandinsky Effect, formed Paris by US saxophonist and keyboardist Warren Walker and bassist Gael Petrina, is a trio of jazztronica that debuted with
The Kandinsky Effect (SNP, 2010).
Synesthesia (Cuneiform, 2013) is a technically impeccable
collection of friendly jazz-rock.
Johnny Utah is unusual in shifting mood from
languid soul litany to buzzing free-jazz frenzy, and the
somnolent trance-y ballad Cusba is unusual in being so laconic,
but Walker's tuneful arias such as Walking
mostly work as laid-back lounge music, with the
slightly more nocturnal and bebop-ish Brighton
providing for the edgy variation.
These "songs" certainly benefit from a highly
imaginative rhythm section (that steals the show in If Only).
Somnambulist (Cuneiform, 2015),
more dominated than ever by Warren Walker's tenor sax,
offered a slightly more chaotic and abrasive form of
jazz-rock in pieces like Flips, while closer Muji
even displays psychedelic colors and hip-hop beats.
A transitional work, it doesn't dare enough while trying to distance itself
from its more traditional predecessor.
Pax 6 (Ropeadope, april 2016) pared Warren Walker (sax and electronics) with the rhythm section of Gael Petrina (bass) and Caleb Dolister (drums).
The album, their most original yet, is played in calmer, more mature tone.
The booming percussion of Music Box simply overstate the case of
the drumming, which is creative, eloquent and torrential throughout the album,
but the key is that it coexists elegantly with the histrionic saxophone.
The next four pieces are more representative of the new course of action: the
spaced-out atmosphere of Glass Bottle,
the exotic and romantic Defective Bleeding, the
danceable serenade This One Is For You and the
metaphysical yearning of Pax 6 are each original and intriguing in
a different way.
The drumming reclaims its glory with thundering emphasis in Re: Jungle.
Too bad that the last "songs" are more traditional, sounding like leftovers from
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