THE NOBORU JONES EXPERIENCE
The J.O.B.

[Ictus Records, www.ictusrecords.com]

"The J.O.B." is a strange release to be found on the California-based Ictus imprint. I use the terms strange purposefully, as it's one of the most lulling pieces I've ever heard from the label. Lead by percussionist Noboru Jones, The Noboru Jones Experience also features saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano [who also lends his voice on occasion] along with guitarist Lutte Berg. The trio sound is one of well thought-out process and drawn-out communication, while concentrating on the ambience of the music. If anything, this is the closest I've heard any Ictus release get to the ECM catalogue and one could mistake this for a number of Nordic releases from that infamous German label. Jones' percussive mastery is deliberate [much emphasis is placed on the gongs or light flutters on the hi-hats], while Ottaviano's sax work is light, though expressive. Best part is when he switches from the sax to vocals, as he does near the tail-end of "Lullaby". For a good few minutes, his nonsensical vocals take the piece into a truly spiritual territory. Berg is tight with his delivery, as he lays out some highly spirited fragments of guitar waves. If there's anything I'd say the album is lacking is a greater sense of adventure. The trio should've been challenged some more to deliver an even higher sense of improvised whirls. Other than that, the trio sticks to what it does best - constructing a dreamy landscape.

Tom Sekowski


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