Aka Moon's latest progressive jazz masterpiece is actually their original sountrack music to the dance theater production of In Real Time. The piece as a whole was created by Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker's dance company Rosas, the TG Stan theatre company, and Aka Moon, and this combination has toured all over Europe performing this production. According to the Carbon 7 website, the piece was played by the band on stage while the dancers and actors were doing their thing, so imagine if you will four serious jazz players weaving their complex and swinging passages with dancers and actors flying about. Sounds like a very unique experience!
Aka Moon on this release are comprised of Fabrizio Cassol on alto sax, Michel Hatzigeorgiou on electric bass, Stephane Galland on drums, and keyboard player Fabian Fiorini. The music on the seven parts to this piece varies a bit, like the dark jazz of the opener "Dirty Play and Chaos Dance", to the more upbeat and swinging "Ursula and the Wind Dance." Sax player Cassol unleashes some aggressive torrents of notes on "Alix", while Hatzigeorgiou lays down some slippery bass lines over the gymnastic drum fills from Galland on the complex "Marta and Rosalba." The lovely piano textures of Fabian Fiorini are featured on the dreamy "Sleeping Dance", as are his funky lines on the quirky "Men's Dance."
Included as a bonus track is the lengthy "I Said I", a piece that Aka Moon contributed to a previous Rosa production. Here the band is joined by guitarist Marc Ducret and 2nd keyboard player Eric Legnini. This piece is a little looser in style and feel,yet highly complex at times, and features some funky Fender Rhodes sounding electric piano licks, tricky drum work, and melodic sax solos.
Those into well played jazz and progressive fusion are well advised to seek this release out. Chalk up another winner for Aka Moon!
1) Dirty Play and Chaos Dance (8:03)
2) Ursula and the Wind Dance (6:53)
3) Alix (9:45)
4) Marta and Rosalba (2:57)
5) Sleeping Dance (7:59)
6) Men's Dance (6:17)
7) Sara (4:45)
7) I Said I (11:13)