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Blixt

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Editorial Reviews

Bassist Bill Laswell has been a major figure in creative music for 3 decades as a performer as well as a producer. The list of major names in jazz and rock he has worked with is voluminous. His stamp is on literally hundreds of albums; the majority of them characterized by a sound fusing the energy of punk with the bone-rattling rhythms of dub and funk. Guitarist Raoul Björkenheim emerged from Finland in the 1980s with Edward Vesala then recorded two albums for ECM. A major if under-appreciated guitar hero, he has kept an active profile most recently with Scorch Trio, with whom he has released 4 albums. Drummer Morgan Ågren was voted the #1 best fusion drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll of 2010! He has worked with keyboardist Mats Öberg as Mats/Morgan for over 30 years (since he was 14 and Mats was 10!) and they have released 8 albums. "Blixt" is the first release by this electric jazz power trio supergroup; think the Jimi Hendrix Experience mixed with outjazz/improvisation.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Black Whole
  2. Moon Tune
  3. Tools
  4. Cinque Roulettes
  5. Shifting Sands Closing Hour
  6. Ghost Strokes
  7. Invisible One
  8. Drill Beats
  9. Storm
  10. 4-4-4-4-2-2-2-5-2


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CUNEIFORM
  • ASIN: B005GEPSI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While I agree with Goodpasture's description as an amalgum of Crimson/Hendrix/Last Exit, I totally disagree with the not being pretty part. I have over 120 Laswell related releases and this is about as "pretty" as Laswell gets. Blixt has a lot of beautiful elements. Yeah, parts are brutal....brutallybeautiful. The same kind of brutality classic SWANS used to provide. For those who enjoy Massacre or Painkiller will feel right at home.
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Raw, wild and powerful, this CD is a burst of pure energy, it sounds like music at its natural state, with no artifact. It's been a very long time since I'd heard such a trio, they're really amazing. I'm particularly blown away by Morgan Agren's drumming here, it reminds me the power of the first Tony Williams Lifetime heaviest tunes, revisited to today's standards. But it's not only the noisy jam exercice you might imagine, it contains beautiful textures and ambiances, played with great inspiration and personality, a real must have for music fans.
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If King Crimson, Jimi Hendrix and Last Exit had a baby, it would sound like Blixt. Extraordinary musicians taking the power trio format places it hasn't been before. It ain't pretty, but it's truly amazing.
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I couldn't wait to get this CD, Raoul Bjorkenheim, Bill Laswell and Morgan Agren take it to the limits. It's a blend of punk, heavy metal and avant-garde jazz. I've almost have every Laswell CD and 3 of my favorites Soup, Soup Live and Episome where the guitar, bass and drums are just mind blowing, Laswell's bass playing is like the glue that keeps it together. It's the same with BLIXT, but a rawer sound with more of a punk-heavy-metal sounding guitar then Soup Live's more drawn out avant-garde jazz sound, and the track are shorter. The longest track on BLIXT is Invisible on 11:17. I've never heard anything from Morgan Agren who's from Sweden but this cat's drum playing is just incredible... Raoul Bjorkenheim was born in LA to Finish parents and lived there until he was 15 years old, when his family returned to Finland, Raoul's guitar playing is raw, fast and with a improve jazz influence but you can also hear a certain punk influence in his playing... Anyway, this CD is incredible and it's really cool to have your mind blown by such raw heavy music, without hearing screaming vocals trying to outdo the music. Well worth the purchase and it would be amazing to see live!
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Not long ago I dreamt I was a dentist. I performed a root canal on God. This is what it sounded like.
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