All that is electric in jazz is not evil. Wayne Horvitz & Zony Mash, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Steve Coleman’s post M-BASE come to mind. So does this little known (hopefully not for long) trio known as Boundary Issues. Made up of the rhythm section of the collective band The Tone Sharks, BI plays jazz-fusion. Correction, their jazz fusion is an amalgam of electricity and spontaneous composition. Noise this ain’t. The band, well versed in modern music, delivers freshness in sound, sans cliches and I suspect sans guitar face. Their electric bass/guitar/drum, more suited to garage rock than jazz, opts for subtlety over noise. In the center is drummer Dave Storrs, an accent-oriented rhythm master that colors rather than beats, utilizing cymbals over toms. Bassist Page Hundemer’s playing resurrects the sound of Jaco Pastorious but with less showmanship, more intelligence. Guitarist Steve Willis conjures the world of electric Miles, the blues of James Blood Ulmer, and a little Sonny Sharrock tossed in there for meat.
The closest comparison to this trio is the now defunct Splatter Trio. Both bands treat improvised, spontaneous creation as an opportunity to make music, not noise. Comfortable enough with each other, the music grooves. This is street jazz. Appealing enough on a first glance, it’s accessible. But there’s also the aspect of spontaneity here that makes this rewarding for connoisseurs of creative jazz at the highest level. Louie Records: www.peak.org/~louierec
Track List:Let’s Not Say We Did; Marvin’s Garden; I Heard It Differently; Get After; T.G.T.; So, You Going To School; Disturber (And Built To Sty That Way); Mountains In My Dreams; I Hear Bells; We’ll Dance With Anyone.
Personnel: Steve Willis
Record Label: Louie Records
Style: Modern Jazz
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