by Hector ZazouHector Zazou




Budd, an early practitioner in the ambient school and frequent collaborator with Brian Eno, here teams up with musical nomad Hector Zazou, who had formed evocative partnerships with musicians from Africa to the Far North, from Bill Laswell to Björk. Glyph combines Budd's penchant for dreamy, shimmering electric keyboards with Zazou's rhythmic acumen, drawing from various world music sources as well as drum'n'bass and other dance club and urban sounds. Overall, it wavers between falling a bit too far on the fuzzy, new age-y side of the ambient divide (Budd's somewhat portentous vocalizations don't help) and achieving some constructions of real interest. Zazou always has a fine ear for instrumental textures, bringing in Renault Pion for some rich, sensual clarinet playing on several tracks and a couple of Finnish masters of the kantele, a kind of dulcimer, on the intriguing "Johnny Cake." The trumpet work of Christian Lechevretel, on the other hand, ventures a bit too close to a Miles Davis imitation for comfort. Fans of Zazou who have heard and enjoyed his work will find much to savor here but listeners who only know Budd from his more ethereal performances elsewhere may be slightly put off by the relatively aggressive and funky rhythms on a few pieces. Glyph is ambient music with a slightly surreal, just barely rough edge.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Crammed Disc Us
UPC: 0876623004226
catalogNumber: 37

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hector Zazou   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Electric Piano,electronics
Harold Budd   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Mark Isham   Trumpet
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Barbara Gogan   Guitar
Brendan Perry   Percussion
Lone Kent   Guitar
Hector Zaxou   Keyboards,Electric Piano,electronics
Carlos Vivanco   MIDI Guitar
Minna Raskinen   Kantele
Daniel Yvinec   Bass,Double Bass
Christian Lechevretel   Trumpet
Lian Amber   Vocals

Technical Credits

Giles Martin   Engineer
Talley Sherwood   Engineer
Hector Zaxou   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Loop
Charles Vander Elst   Engineer
Carlos Vivanco   Engineer
Robert Leslie   Cover Photo
Denis Moulin   Engineer

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