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Boomkat Product Review:
Free jazz is a funny old beast, and is very easy to get wrong. There is a fine line between mindless clattering, and well, intelligent clattering. Thankfully, this album from Finnish percussionist Janne Tuomi falls into the latter category, and though it is made up of mostly drum solos (punctuated by gong sounds and occasional trumpet bleats) it is a captivating and hugely enjoyable listening experience. A good comparison would be the work of free jazz legend Han Bennink (most famed for his work with Peter Brotzmann) in it’s excruciating skill and detail and the use of obscure instruments in addition to the regular drumkit, and also the recent Thomas Stronen album on Rune Grammofon, which was even recorded in an identical manner – one take, no overdubs. On first listen the record may sound quite exclusive, one for the initiated only, yet the drumming is so intensely enjoyable it needs to be heard without accompaniment to be enjoyed properly. Difficult, but deep and rewarding, ‘Approaching’ is a marvellous record.