WIRE Magazine

Toot consists of three Improv stalwarts – vocalist Phil Minton, trumpeter Axel Dörner and analogue synthesizer wiz Thomas Lehn. Unique tooters all, together they find common ground by colliding at full tilt, backing off and taking another run at each other. These bursts of activity, initiated by a trumpet rasp, synth wave, or hiccup and squeal, congeal into vignettes that blossom or simply evaporate – outrageous dreamlike accidents that annoy or tickle the ear. Yet there are moments when, bolstered by spitfire synth squalls and vaporous brass, Minton ‘s wheezes and groans evoke a near Shakespearean portrait of flawed, vexed humanity.