Obscure trumpeter Axel Dörner joins legendary demolition experts, percussionist Michael Zerang and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, for nearly an hour of furious little sounds on this fascinating recording. Zerang and Lonberg-Holm have a concentrated history of intense interaction where boundaries know no limits. The trumpeter eschews the usual sounds from the brass and instead revels in brushstrokes of noise, air, and gurgles. The results barely resemble the horn from which the sounds emanate. Dörner appears subservient to Lonberg-Holm and Zerang, each of whom has been down similar paths with the other before.
With 1998's "Slyfi", Dave's fourth solo release, he finally achieves complete musical success that eluded him on his three previous outings. Here, Dave sounds up to date and even joyous. Great songs like "Happy To Be Here", "Leaving This Earth", "Even The Bad Times (Were Good Times)" and "AWOL" make this release worth owning. All 10 tracks fit together very nicely with minimal filler or waste. Dave tones down "Greetings From The Gutter"'s heavy r&b influence and blends it with electronica here for nice effect. I find it interesting that one year before reuniting with Annie Lennox for "Peace" that Dave Stewart was making some really great music that was absent from "Peace", which is perhaps why "Peace" didn't sell well in America among other things. If you are a fan of Dave's music or the Eurythmics, "Slyfi" is definitely worth owning.