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2010-05-11 by John Kelman

Live Remixes Vol.1

Review by John Kelman @ Allaboutjazz.com

Allaboutjazz.com Review

If there's any downside to Norway's intrepid Punkt Fest, it's the inherently restricted audience capable of participating in its profound experience. While performances from artists spanning the entire musical spectrum are almost always captivating, it's Punkt's premise of following each show with a Live Remix, where other musicians interact with radical manipulations of the music just heard. The musical laboratory of the Alpha Room, where the Live Remixes take place, is limited to fewer than 300 people, resulting in a wealth of experiments heard by a very limited group of people.

Until now. While Crime Scenes (Jazzland, 2006) was a studio collaboration between festival artistic co-directors Jan Bang and Erik Honore and some of the festival's usual suspects, Punkt Live Remixes Vol. 1 finally allows those unable to attend Punkt an opportunity to hear what all the fuss is about. Sifting through three years of remixes, Bang and Honore have chosen two that not only best embody the spirit of Punkt, but feature two of its most constant companions—Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen and American trumpeter Jon Hassell, the latter without whom Punkt would either not exist or, at the very least, would be an entirely different beast.

Endresen's remarkable path towards a vocal style that, while still incorporating strong melody at times, is more about turning the human voice into a broad-scoped orchestral instrument, has been well documented on albums including ...

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