Boomkat Product Review:
An epic set of wispy, submerged jazz x crate digger modes from LA horn player Sam Gendel. Seriously sublime - four hours on the download, almost two hours on vinyl - float away on this one.
Sam Gendel has found a fertile mid-point between the outerzone fourth world experimentation of nu-nu age pioneer Jon Hassell and LA's beat scene, infusing his woozy instrumental compositions with the sparkling essence of the Leaving canon. Gendel initially dropped "Fresh Bread" on Bandcamp during the pandemic, but quickly deleted it pending a wider release; now the 52-track (18 on the vinyl) epic of home recordings and performances spanning an eight year (!) period is available once again, with selected cuts making it to a 2LP vinyl edition. The set includes charming collabs with Carlos Niño, Jamire Williams, Daniel Aged, Gabe Noel, and Philippe Melanson and holds a consistent groove without falling into repetition.
These are widescreen, sensual and often narcotic mood makers, scraping liberal amounts of influence from Morricone, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana, Madlib and David Axelrod - even Stereolab's fizzed Kraut-cum-lounge permeates Gendel's personable wyrd jazz bubble. It's refreshing to hear an artist working in this mode, using digger techniques to assemble spiritual, life-affirming compositions that remind you fondly of the impossibly wide-reaching tendrils of jazz. You might not expect to have the patience for a four-hour set but trust us, once you start this one it's hard to stop - it's an absorbing, colorful musical landscape to get lost in.