Anne WESTERN VINYL 8/10
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.