Ido Bukelman`s courageous compositions, shifting in mood and texture, act as the bands heart beat, yet still sonically portray the authentic “free” nature of this groups playing.
The quartet’s musical influences range from Ornette Coleman`s music, to the energetic experimentation of Jimi Hendrix, through current day classical and improvised music. All of these elements are channelled towards the creation of a unique lyrical sound. Bukelman`s choice to augment his traditionally instrumented guitar-bass-drum trio by adding cellist Yuval Mesner, one of Israels foremost musicians, has resulted in a beautiful, challenging and bold statement.
***Altogether this is a first rate Free Jazz album, which most “regular” Jazz enthusiasts should enjoy as well. This level of musicianship, personal courage and dedication to the music is a heartwarming and one can hope that the future of noncommercial and artistic music in Israel has a new perspective in the hands of a new generation, which will take it further. This is brilliant stuff, not to be missed! (Jazzis, 2011)
*** As with his recent solo record, “Cracked Songs” offers samples of the range of guitar work of which Udo Bukelman is capable. At home in ferocious improvisation as he is in delicate chord progressions and melodic grounding, he is one of the great unknown (at least in America) guitarists. Fledgling label Out Now Recordings is off on the right foot by shining the spotlight on this true artist (Foxy Digitalis)