Best Song Ever (This Week): Moritz Von Oswald Trio's "Jam"
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM
In recent years, the legendary Moritz Von Oswald (Basic Channel, Maurizio, Rhythm & Sound) has moved into more organic, avant-jazz territory with his trio, consisting of Sasu Ripatti (aka Vladislav Delay, Luomo) and Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric). The group’s output has evoked the stark, northern European jazz excursions of the ECM label at its ’70s peak. But with the new full-length Fetch (Honest Jon’s), MVO Trio forge a riveting, subliminal fusion of minimal techno, dub, musique concrète, and Miles Davis’ seminal electric period. (The core threesome are augmented by Marc Muellbauer, Jonas Schoen, Tobias Freund, and Sebastian Studnitzky.)
Fetch’s zenith occurs on “Jam,” a 17+ minute, uh, jam that sounds like Miles’ On the Corner recorded on the North Pole by Zen master musicians. On the Corner’s relentless percussive assault is muted into an intricate latticework of muffled kicks, reverbed metallic, wooden, and plastic percussion implements, and Dadaistic eruptions of crash/bang/thwock/whirrrrrrr/sproing. The menace pervading Miles' magnum opus gets transformed into an icy resolve that's more unnerving for being so understated. "Jam" is an instant classic that never stops giving over its 1,052 seconds.