JOSEPH SHABASON

Anne WESTERN VINYL 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - SHArON O’CON­NELL

Up close and per­sonal on avant sax­o­phon­ist’s sec­ond

For the fol­low-up to his de­but, Aytche, Shabason again blurs genre bound­aries with im­pec­ca­ble judge­ment and such an un­der­stat­edly emo­tional ap­proach that the tag ‘am­bi­ent jazz’ sounds like a slight. Here, his min­i­mal ab­strac­tions have a deeply per­sonal theme – his mother Anne’s af­flic­tion with Parkin­son’s dis­ease. Her strug­gle to re­gain her sense of self is made ex­plicit in the poignant snatches of mono­logue that fig­ure through­out. Th­ese texts are set into del­i­cate sax­o­phone- and synth­led ex­plo­rations cast along vaguely ECM-ish lines, also hint­ing at early ’80s synth-pop (“Deep Dark Di­vide”) and New Age (“For­est Run”) and, on exquisitely suf­fused stand­out “Fred And Lil”, fea­tur­ing field record­ings and elec­tron­ics.

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