JÜ and Kjetil Møster
Photo by Domino Postiglione (© Domino Postiglione 2014)
Worlds collide when the raucous Budapest-based power trio JÜ (consisting of fire-breathing guitarist Adam Meszaros, fuzz-bassist Ernö Hock and the remarkably flexible drummer Andras Halmos) joins Oslo-based saxophonist Kjetil Møster for this subversive meeting of the minds on RareNoise Records.
A powerful manifesto for ecstatic, exploratory, envelope-pushing music mixed by Bill Laswell and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper. JÜ Meets Møster bridges the gap between free jazz and hellacious, distortion-laced, guitar-driven hardcore rock. Music this ferocious hasn’t been heard since Laswell’s late, lamented Last Exit with Sonny Sharrock, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Peter Brotzman.
The album opens on an explosive note with a turbulent tenor sax-drums breakdown between Møster and Halmos on Dear Johann which takes on the feel of latter day John Coltrane or free jazz icon Albert Ayler jamming with the Allman Brothers Band on “Whipping Post” or vintage King Crimson on “21st Century Schizoid Man.”
Bhajan opens on a darker, more mysterious vibe before building to a potent crescendo, with Møster wailing on baritone sax, which is steeped in the tradition of Jimi Hendrix’s bold jazz-rock anthem “Third Stone From the Sun.”
Møster stretches freely with baritone sax on the moody and spacious Morze (For Agoston Bela) while Hassassin full of slamming unisons and fierce overblowing by Møster, is an intense showcase for drummer Halmos. Meszaros adds another frantic six-string onslaught at the tag of this intense offering.
The four intrepid musicians explore collectively on the more atmospheric KJÜ and they close out the collection with the expansive, 15-minute One which makes dramatic use of echo to create an otherworldly texture before building to a powerhouse conclusion of thunderous proportions.
Adam Meszaros - guitars
Ernö Hock - electric bass
Andras Halmos - drums
Kjetil Møster - saxophones, clarinet
JÜ meets Møster