Joseph Shaba­son Anne

Western Vinyl

Future Music - - ALBUM REVIEWS - Tom Jones

Toronto-based saxophonist and com­poser Joseph Shaba­son de­liv­ers a heart­felt med­i­ta­tion on de­gen­er­a­tive ill­ness on his highly im­pres­sive sec­ond al­bum, Anne. Named after his mother, the record of­fers a mov­ing ac­count of her strug­gle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease. Chopped up snip­pets of raw, in­ti­mate, in­ter­views with Anne are del­i­cately and beau­ti­fully wo­ven into the gen­tle, lush sound­scape that the Cana­dian pro­ducer cre­ates. Through­out the lay­ers of jazz-laced am­bi­ence, new age ex­per­i­men­tal­ism and molten-synth elec­tron­ica, Shaba­son man­ages to re­flect the breadth of emo­tions in­volved with deal­ing with his mother’s dis­ease. Warm pads wash over the top of ooz­ing synths, glow­ing melodies as a haze of ma­nip­u­lated sax­o­phone, haunt­ing keys, muted brass and del­i­cate tones mesh be­neath. The re­sult is a record that drifts and wan­ders like fad­ing mem­o­ries, tak­ing un­known paths that feel at once fa­mil­iar and un­charted. The calm at­mos­phere that holds through most of the al­bum only hov­ers above the glimpses of mourn­ful ac­cep­tance of the un­fold­ing ef­fects of the dis­ease. Shaba­son’s abil­ity to show us how these com­plex feel­ings in­ter­act is a true marker of his ex­cep­tional tal­ent as a com­poser. Sin­cere, beau­ti­ful and deeply per­sonal, Anne is a re­mark­able record.

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