Tripes is a trio from Paris (France) that has come up with a strange, hypnotic mutant-form of jazz. The weapons of choice here are drums, clarinet and double bass. This debut album consists of two tracks, each clocking off at around twenty minutes. In that time, Tripes manages to combine minimal pieces of music into something repetitive and trance-inducing. Slowly, the songs alternate but they always maintain that strange, eerie atmosphere. I guess that's why they call this 'Suicide Jazz'.
Now, I admit, I had to listen to this album a few times before I really got into it. But now, I absolutely love listening to 'Why Tripes?' and 'Omnia vanitas', as the songs are called. My favorite remains the first one, which is the easiest to digest. The second one is a bit more experimental but nonetheless a nice piece of work. So yes, I guess it's safe to say that this is an excellent piece of music, dark but playful, repetitive but well-varied. If you're a fan of experimental music, this certainly is something you should check out and indulge yourself in.