jazz fusion

Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:08pm by Clayton Michaels

How best to describe Trioscapes? The trio, which is rounded out by tenor saxman/flautist Walter Fancourt and drummer Matt Lynch, are first and foremost a jazz combo, and they lean more toward the Miles Davis end of the spectrum than the Mahavishnu Orchestra end. Album opener “Digital Dream Sequence” and “Hysteria” both have some really nice hard bop moments interspersed with some seriously heavy fuzz bass. “From Earth to Moon” brings to mind Rashaan Roland Kirk with its flute and what sounds like a marimba sections. The highlight of the album, though, is the 15+ minute closing track “The Jungle,” which builds from gentle electronic percussion and an intricately tapped bass line into a full-on free/fusion freak-out and then back out again, with a particularly nice bass solo roughly halfway through the song.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: hard bop, Miles Davis, Dan Briggs, Between the Buried and Me, Trioscapes, jazz fusion
Posted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 2:34pm by Clayton Michaels

At this point, what can be said by way of introduction to Animals as Leaders and Tosin Abasi that hasn’t already been said at least a hundred times before? If you think about it, though, it is somewhat remarkable that an instrumental outfit that plays such challenging, progressive music enjoys such a relatively high profile in the metal world. I think part of the reason for that high profile is how consistent this band has been from album to album; The Joy of Motion, their recently released third album, is another very solid outing from the group.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Animals as Leaders, Tosin Abasi, Mestis, djent, progressive metal, instru-metal, Periphery, John McLaughlin, jazz fusion, T.R.A.M.
Posted Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 9:41pm by Clayton Michaels

My first encounter with Murmur was in the summer of 2012 when I happened to see them in Chicago as part of a bill topped by Nachtmystium and Krieg. I was impressed enough by their set of kind-of blackened/kind-of sludgy/slightly proggy metal to stop by the merch table and pick up a copy of their debut CD, 2010’s Mainlining the Lugubrious. Much to my disappointment, the opiate-hazy black metal of that disc bore so little resemblance to the band I had seen on stage that night that at first I thought I had bought the wrong album.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Murmur, Chicago, black metal, prog metal, sludge, King Crimson, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, album review, jazz fusion
Subscribe to RSS - jazz fusion