Friday, April 14, 2023

Don Malfon - Mutable [Relative Pitch Records]

Put out on the circuit via the ever busy Relative Pitch Records imprint on December 16th, 2k22 is "Mutable", a new full on solo album by saxophone player Don Malfon. Exploring and expanding the sound of both alto and baritone saxophones over the course of eight subsequently numbered cuts - "Mutable 1 - 8" - and a total of 41 minutes playtime Don Malfon presents himself in total, and all out acoustic, sync with his instruments of choice, catering a sonic menu including gnarly high speed fluttering and an almost militant percussive attitude, quasi-electrical buzzing and sounds rather reminiscent of electro-acoustic production techniques and early results of experimental electronic music production than an actual FreeJazz x Avantgarde Jazz x FreeImprov exercise whereas pieces like "Mutable 3" indulge in longing, sustained and melancholia inducing tones, "Mutable 7" brings forth the highest, most spine-tingling and explosive urgency out of all cuts on this longplay piece before "Mutable 8" ends on a still experimental and improvisational, yet more peaceful and comforting nocturnal note just to name a few. Quite a trip, this.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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