|Burnt Freidman and Jaki Liebezeit, both masters of deferral and playable un-playability, are living proof that freestyle-paced-hearts need neither race nor rattle. Operating expansively on utterly different levels on the other side of redundancy, they reduce hypertonic levels yet generate agitation through unpredictability. With two more musicians at their side, Josef Suchy and Morten Grønvad, they constitute a musical organism and the extraordinarily brilliant and dynamic sound quality invite both jazz aficionado and clubber to bask luxuriantly in the seductive live ambience. On Playing Secret Rhythms Burnt Friedman congenially transfers his typical emotionally operative method to the task of processing the instrumentalists' live musical elements to produce an elegantly resonating G4 assembly. By casually inserting keyboard and steel-drum sections, Friedman floods the constructions with their own bizarre beauty -- and a considerable portion of systole dub reminding us of his work with the Nu Dub Players.
His partner on Playing Secret Rhythms is Jaki Liebezeit, a master of the pause and the stop, who is famous for the cyclical and liberating beat he produced as the drummer in the legendary Krautrock outfit Can from 1969 to 1978. He has trimmed back his drums: the pedals have gone and pure drum-skin remains. Friedman and Liebezeit are backed up by electric-guitar fusion legend Josef Suchy who collaborated previously with Friedman on his albums Con Ritmo and Plays Love Songs and Morten Grønvad who has proven his virtuosity in Señor Coconut among others. Plays Secret Rhythms knows no rules of play -- intuition and imagination permit no boundaries.