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Albums by Elephant9

2010-05-11 by John Kelman

Review of "Dodovoodoo" @ Allaboutjazz.com

As a member of groundbreaking noise improvisors Supersilent, whose 8 (Rune Grammofon, 2007) was one of last year's best, co-conspirator with percussionist Thomas Strønen in Humcrush (Rune Grammofon, 2004), co-op member of Transatlantic electronic improv group Box with its debut Studio 1 Rune Grammofon, 2008) and guest on the tranquil stasis of Supersilent mate/trumpeter Arve Henriksen's Strjon (Rune Grammofon, 2007), keyboardist Ståle Storløkken may be the closest thing Rune Grammofon has to a house keyboardist. But as distinctive as he's always been as a colorist with these projects and others outside the Rune sphere—including guitarist Terje Rypdal's Vossabrygg (ECM, 2006)—he's never been as front and center as he is on DodoVoodoo, the debut from Elephant9.

Elephant9 also features drummer Torstein Lofthus, one of two original members left in Shining, whose relentless Grindstone (Rune Grammofon, 2007) referenced everyone from King Crimson to Henry Cow. Bassist Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen, the least known member of the group, matches the unyielding, anything-is-possible explorations of Lofthus and Storløkken on a project that channels Emergency! (Polydor, 1969) era Tony Williams Lifetime and early Weather Report Joe Zawinul through a prism refractive of progressive rock, psychedelia, free improv and much more.

Raw and dirty, DodoVoodoo's title track opens the disc with a fervent rock beat and potent riff that's a high velocity blend of soul jazz and raucous energy. "I Cover the Mountain Top" mixes in latter-day Zawinul's vocalized synth with a gentler but no less persistent groove, leading to a gritty Hammond organ solo redolent of Keith Emerson at his best but, with an equally distorted Fender Rhodes a dominant voice, the complexion becomes unmistakably Storløkken's own. Eilertsen and Lofthus push the pulse with a combination of ever-aware groove and elastic co-conspiratorial interaction. Following these two ...

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