Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Gok (4 stars)

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Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Gok

(Geographic)

JAZZ/FOLK

Inhabiting the Cartesian co-ordinate that melodically aligns Tokyo with Falkirk, Gok is a sublime anthology of avant-garde lullabies and gentle jazz, from Scots outsider dignitary Bill Wells and Japanese folk-punks Maher Shalal Hash Baz.

Gok serves as a testament to Wells’ avid synergetic mettle (he’s also worked with Aidan Moffat, Norman Blake and Jens Lekman), and showcases many of his best-loved live works to date.

Most of all, however, it basks in the warm, loose spirit of improvisation between Wells and long-term collaborators Maher. It slowly, gloriously unfolds as a timeless eulogy to invention, spontaneity and harmony. It’s lovely.

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