Grupa Janke Randalu: Confidance




Grupa Janke Randalu


Live (Jazz 'n' Arts. JnA 3708)

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Kristjan Randalu (piano), Bodek Janke (percussion).

Composed by Kristjan Randalu


Recorded: Karlsruhe, Germany, May 1, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

I like the idea that music just exists, waiting to be made real by the appropriate medium: the musician. Mostly this concept is way too New Age-y to be taken seriously. But then I hear what Kristjan Randalu and Bodek Janke do with piano and percussion, and must pause to reflect. "Confidance" opens with a few big, spacious chords that echo off into the distance. Janke's percussion (which sounds like a combination of toms and hand drums) then implies the boundaries that Randalu fills with a speedy thematic ostinato. As momentum builds and ideas crystallize, you get the feeling that this music has indeed existed forever. It even seems as if the pair celebrates this notion by reversing roles first with percussion leading and piano comping, then with Janke switching to "mouth percussion" (similar to the vocals found in Indian classical music). The Grateful Dead used to speak of concert moments where "the music played the band," a variation on the theme of the eternal existence of music. During some of the more intense passages of "Confidance," the listener can witness that idea in action.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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