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First

Artist: Dawn of Midi

Date of Release: 16/03/2010

Catalogue no: ALP048CD

Label: Accretions

Price: £12

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Phases in Blue

4.42

2

 

Laura Lee

5.37

3

 

Civilization of Mud and Ember

4.13

4

 

The Floor

4.03

5

 

Tale of Two Worlds

6.47

6

 

One

5.37

7

 

Hindu Pedagogy

3.20

8

 

Annex

1.37

9

 

No Abhor

5.31

10

 

In Between

11.11

 

 

 

 

Dawn of Midi is Indian contrabassist Aakaash Israni, Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani and Pakistani percussionist Qasim Naqvi. Based in New York and Paris, the group’s debut record ‘First’ (Accretions) has garnered a startling amount of critical acclaim for an album of completely improvised music. Dawn of Midi’s sound-world draws from a variety of musical idioms: from minimalism, to musique concrète through romanticism, the leaderless trio breathes rigor, lyricism, and silence.

 

Reviews

 

07/08/2010 WNUR Chicago

"Awesome debut album!"

 

05/08/2010 Streams of Expression

"What Dawn of Midi exemplify is that supreme control goes hand in hand with the creation of emotional states...the most exquisitely judged use of space...This is an extremely fine debut recording..."

 

11/07/2010 About.com

"In a period when technique and novelty are highly valued in jazz, First is initially striking because it doesn't rely on either. 4 stars."

 

06/07/2010 Spiritual Archives

"[a] mass of inventions and bright ideas...sad, gloomy...joyful, even romantic...'First' represents the beginning..."

 

27/05/2010 All About Jazz

"...a remarkably cohesive design. It's as if the Bill Evans Trio was transmogrified into that of Veryan Weston's or by some temporal trick Erik Satie joined forces with Kent Carter and Roger Turner. All of this name-dropping aside, the trio sounds wholly like itself."

 

27/04/2010 Downbeat Magazine

"...the trio moves organically with a constant focus on shaping the sound - a sound that is alternately crystalline and opaque."

 

11/04/2010 RifRaf Magazine

" A minimalist gem...[Dawn of Midi] are masters of restraint."

 

02/03/2010 Max Dax, editor in chief, SPEX magazine

"...entfesseltesten, sehnsüchtigsten, melancholischsten Freejazz, den er seit Jahren gehört hatte. "

("...the most unleashed, most longing, melancholic free jazz [I've] heard in years.")

 

28/02/2010 Improjazz Magazine

"Un vraiment beau disque, une sorte de maîtrise tranquille..."

("A truly beautiful album, a sort of tranquil mastery...")

 

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