It was nearly ten years ago that Mexican-born pianist-composer Mark Aanderud (now living in Barcelona) began playing with Argentinian drummer Hernan Hecht. Their chemistry was immediate and natural, eventually leading to the formation of Molé, a vehicle to explore their common interests.
As Aanderud explained:
“Hernan and I do have certain unspoken philosophies. We love sound, groove, freedom and songs. The first things we did were all related to free music, with electronic elements or not, but always with the idea of creating songs or forms in the moment. We do have some incredible magic going on, as much as we can play concerts or record without ever speaking of music, and never repeating ideas or stop developing. This actually hasn’t changed over the years.”
After exploring their tight duet chemistry together on gigs, Aanderud and Hecht began inviting other musicians into their inner circle to see how it affected their music. “In the process of creation, we always considered the possibility of working with more people to achieve different characters, sounds and experience new artistic possibilities,” explained Hecht.
To date, those musicians who have stepped into Molé’s inner circle have included American saxophonist Tim Berne, Israeli saxophonist Eli Degibri, Austrian saxophonist Edith Lettner, American guitarists Jonathan Kreisberg and Mike Moreno, Mexican bassists Aaron Cruz and Marco Renteria.
Mole’s hard-hitting 2012 RareNoise Records debut, What Is the Meaning?, featured Mexican upright bassist (and Aanderud’s boyhood friend) Jorge “Luri” Molina and New York guitarist David Gilmore, whose impressive list of credits includes tours and recordings with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Trilok Gurtu, Don Byron and Steve Coleman’s Five Elements.
On RGB, with bassist Takeishi affecting the overall vibe with his intuitive genius, things opened up and became more conversational and telepathic in the process.
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Freedom, experimentation and telepathy are the watch words for RGB, the latest transcendent collaboration of pianist-composer Mark Aanderud and drummer Hernan Hecht under their collective name of Molé. Joining the two longstanding partners on their second RareNoise outing is the inventive Japanese bassist and longtime New York resident Stomu Takeishi, whose highly expressive and adventurous low-end presence has graced albums by such forward-thinking, cutting-edge artists as saxophonist Henry Threadgill, cellist Erik Friedlander, trumpeter Cuong Vu, saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli, pianists Myra Melford and Satoko Fuji. The album will be released on December 8th and will be available on CD, vinyl and Hi-Res digital download. Together these three refined, deep-listening musicians strike a rare accord on pieces that range from meditative motifs to rhapsodic crescendos, from spacious, ECM-ish soundscapes to turbulent, collective jams.
From the meditative soundscape of Sub-All to the frantic funk of Reasons fueled by Hecht’s slamming backbeats and Aanderud’s hyper piano solo, to the suite-like Trichromatic which travels from an evocative rubato into to a free section in the middle which resolves to a lyrical theme, this edition of Molé is perhaps the most flexible and experimental of all.
Winip opens with a hymn-like refrain before heading into a heavy-duty Bad Plus-like theme underscored by Hecht’s big-as-a-house backbeats. Freelance has Takeishi pushing the envelope with effects before soloing over a drum ‘n’ bass groove by Hecht while Rodriguez is Molé’s unique take on the classic Clyde Stubblefield-Jabo Starks funky drummer groove from classic James Brown bands of the ‘60s.
The extremely spacious T-Overlap leads into some provocative collective improv while “Ine Sest” opens on a classical not with a piano etude by Aanderud before evolving into a whimsically tuneful number underscored by Hecht’s supple brushwork. And the closing three-way conversation on Wix paced by an exacting and infectious 6/8 over 5/8 groove, is perhaps the best example of collective improvisation on the record.
What's The Meaning?
What's The Meaning? is MOLE's (or MOLE Productions to be precise) first release for RareNoiseRecords. Above and beyond wonderful pianist Mark Aanderud and master drummer Hernan Hecht (also present on Brainkiller) it features the talents of Luri Molina on upright bass and the wonderful David Gilmore on electric guitar.
What's The Meaning? takes clues from EST's best productions and offers gentle nods to even Radiohead or The Mars Volta (Aanderud played on their Octahaedron), but never strays from its musical path - that of an incredible and fresh new take on the modern piano and guitar led jazz and jazz rock quartet.
"Haunting and Magnificent" Prog
"Impressive Debut" Jazzwise
"Sit tratta di musicisti che hanno molto studiato il passato, per operare una sintesi con il mondo contemporaneo che lascia ammirati. Grande Esordio" Audio Review