this title is OUT OF STOCK !!!
Having met Henry Krutzen a few times since he made an
incredible sax solo on Anekdoten's first concert in Brussels
(Le Sud in June 95) during the encore (it was a KC number) ,
and having listened to his solo albums (starting as soon as
79 with Silences), I can tell you that he is a man of vision.
In the mid-90's, he started his own is group, taking the name
from an Irish novel and released on the Italian Mellow label,
the album Yellow, graced with a yellow modern artwork where
you can guess knights and horses. Inside the booklet, every
song gets its own painted artwork and lyrics printed.
Musically FW is a strange mix of jazz-rock with some RIO
The group is mostly a trio with Aucremanne on keyboards,
Lemaitre on bass and drums (and programmed percussions), Krutzen on almost everything else (including sax and cello)
and vocals except for the guitars, handled by Ouchinsky,
but there are many other guests including Wendy Ruyman
Opening on the 9-mins highly dramatic Chamber Music
with strident guitars and slow martial beat and Krutzen
reading James Joyce's lyrics Chamber Music, making it
a fantastic entrance into FW's musical world.
The 6-mins Wooden Horse is definitely ogling towards RIO
pastures, on bass motif (clearly Lemaitre's "maitre à penser"
is Pastorius) and violin and Henri's bizarre singing on even
more bizarre lyrics of Richard Redcrossed.
These two "things" only get weirder in the short King
Wenceslas, and sometimes you'd think of some of the
early Hackett strange vocals with a slight Richard Sinclair
and Robert Wyatt feel.
The album's centrepiece 11-mins+ El Cid, very much an
organ-driven tune, followed by a short piano interlude
(For Joelle), before Aucremanne's Last Poem starts again
on strident dirty guitars and Krutzen eructing his vocals.
The closing Standards To You is probably the catchiest
and most conventional "song" on the album, but the
constantly crescendoing track ends up with a searing
guitar solo to close things up.
Review by Sean Trane