Malamute is Jim Black’s latest gathering of like-minded musical souls. The band toured Europe for the first time in May 2015 performing sketches of the music to be, experimenting with different ways songs and structures could be recombined to reflect on each of their musical voices, distilling a band sound from their chemistry.
One year later Malamute went into the studio with new compositions and arrangements recording their debut album. Based upon the idea of mix tapes and playlists, the music changes every few minutes, a sort of “short attention span” approach to improvisation and composition that keeps the listener engaged there it was time to form a band together.”
Óskar Guðjónsson: tenor sax
Elias Stemeseder: keyboards
Chris Tordini: electric bass
Jim Black: drums and sampler
All compositions by Jim Black – Strufa Music (BMI). Session produced, recorded, and mixed by Amandine Pras at Water Music, NJ, on March 25/26, 2016, and August 20/21, 2016. Gabriel Bento, chief studio engineer, Christian Pelaez and Josh Gomersall, studio assistants recording, and Brett Ettinger, studio assistant mixing. Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf! Productions. Liner notes: Florian Keller. Photos: Henry Vagrant, Heinz Bayer. Cover art: Heike Liss/Jonas Schoder. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. CD produced by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.
It's almost hard to believe there's any space for Tim to fit in when they play this stuff as a duo! The magical uber-complex counterpoint flowing from and resolving to the killer tunes has a similar feel to the full band Berne but these are clarifying in their complexity - you can understand all the moving parts on the same level. Also perhaps the best showcase of Mr Mitchell's solo skills I've heard - he's fully in his element! Giles