ACHIM KAUFMANN/FRANK GRATKOWSKI/WILBERT DE JOODE/YONG YANDSEN/KOK SIEW WAI/DARREN MOORE
The latest Laoban release Kay-El takes its name from Kuala Lumpur - the home of LaoBan Records. The record is a double trio album featuring Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann and Wilbert De Joode with the trio of Yong Yandsen, Darren Moore and Kok Siew Wai. Recorded live in KL in January 2020, this beautifully recorded album captures stunning playing from the full ensemble and tracks by both trios. Although it was the first time the two trio's had played together, each member allows the music space to breathe while being ready to strike with reflex punctuations. Pre-order for CD and digital download (with one bonus track) is available on Bandcamp from July 24 and ships from August 28.
YONG YANDSEN/DARREN MOORE
Pan Mee is an ode to one of Malaysia’s most famous dishes. Done right, it is insanely good and made spicy, even better. Pan Mee is the sophomore release for Yong Yandsen on saxophone and Darren Moore on drums on LaoBan Records. The record is a balanced overture of spice, sweetness, savoury, sour and depth. Layered textures that blend to produce new tastes to make you sweat.
YEAR OF MENACE
GAME OF PATIENCE
The latest release from Game of Patience, 'Year of Menace' crosses the comfort threshold with reproductive cells of electronic and acoustic particles decimating the staid state of tradition; creating future sounds for tomorrow's sorrow. Year of Menace is electro-acoustic improv at its most daring and inspired and a product of telepathic communication between Yong Yandsen on tenor, Brian O'Reilly on contrabass and electronics and Darren Moore on snare and percussion. Out now on LaoBan Records.
JUNJI HIROSE/TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA/DARREN MOORE
Foreign Policy features legendary Tokyo saxophonist Hirose Junji and no-input mixing board pioneer Toshimaru Nakamura with Australian master percussionist Darren Moore. The album was recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo's Mecca for improvised music, over two live performances in 2017. The playing represents the trio's disdain for conforming; gliding seamlessly from minimalist Onkyo to maximalist free jazz and noise. Available on Malaysian experimental label LaoBan Records.
TOWERS OF SILENCE
YONG YANDSEN/DARREN MOORE
'Towers of Silence' is the first duo album of Malaysian saxophonist Yong Yandsen and Singapore-based Australian drummer Darren Moore. Recorded at Tokyo's legendary GOK Sound studio in October 2017 during a tour of Japan. 'Towers of Silence' points to a distillation of Yong and Moore's individual sounds, where ghost tones and sounds of unknown origins create rarefied space. Available on Malaysian experimental label LaoBan Records.
NOT SEEING IS A FLOWER
AKIRA SAKATA/SIMON NABATOV/
TAKASHI SEO/DARREN MOORE
'Not Seeing Is A Flower' features Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata, Tokyo bassist Takashi Seo, Russian born, Cologne-based pianist Simon Nabatov and Australian drummer Darren Moore. Recorded live at the legendary Jazz Spot Candy in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo on the final date of the tour, 'Not Seeing Is A Flower' captures the fire, intensity and range of the quartet's musical explorations that developed over one week on the road. Available on Leo Records.