Pinski Zoo have already had some very good critical reactions to this release. In part, I share the enthusiasm of those who welcome a strong British quartet, able to mix post-Shannon Jackson harmolodics with a touch of both electro-funk and layered deconstruction.
We’re in a tough, urban world with this music, and taken in small doses, its blend of spacey yet forceful drumming, chattering percussion, legato slabs of computer-tinged colour and broadly spun, Aylerish melodies is not unattractive.
The trouble is, the small doses add up to an hour of music. By the end of it, I had had more than enough of post-punk variations on funk, Weather Report, ECM introspection and depression-cloaked dance grooves.
An occasional lighter touch of swing, such as the late Xero Slingsby brought to his own post-punk reworking of jazz in the 1980s, would have been more than welcome: as it was, my spirits were eventually ground down by the overall ‘heaviness’ of the musical mix (Potlatch Boogie excepted).
Search Mode; Potlatch Boogie; Glamour Jungle; Rosa; Slip Drip; East Rail East; Fireside Baby; Jimi Quoshi; Later That Same Day; Safe House; Slab; Easy Attack; Breeze Block Brain; Rosa; Fireside Baby Too (60.15)
Jan Kopinski (ts/as/ss); Steve lliffe (kybds); Wesley Bingham (elb); Steve Harris (d/el pel. Derby, January, 1990.
(Jazz Cafe Records JCR CD 904)