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Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (2014)

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While the tagline 'Miles Smiles' is more befitting Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
' second great quintet, it is an apt reference to this recording by the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (IAHRQ), who draw not so much from the Columbia recordings by Miles Davis E.S.P> (1965), Sorcerer (1967), or Nefertiti (1968) but from the great electricity of Live-Evil (1971) and Get Up With It (1974). Like Miles, the IAHRQ merge the intersecting lines of jazz, funk, and rock on this live 2012 date.

The quartet is a collaborative effort of electrified instruments: guitars, bass and various organs with a nucleus of drum/percussive groove. They summon the music of Miles, and his progeny: John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
b.1942
guitar
/Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
b.1947
guitar
, Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
's Mwandishi and Head Hunters.

This recording includes jazz trumpeter Kris Tiner
Kris Tiner
Kris Tiner
b.1977
trumpet
from the Empty Cage Quartet and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief
Phillip Greenlief
Phillip Greenlief
b.1959
saxophone
of The Lost Trio. The inclusion of brass to this cosmic psychedelia jam session seasons the set with touches of improvisation that nest nicely with the contagious rhythms. Opening with "One For Ra," the space-time continuum of electric waves is pushed forward with moguls of bass thump and funky drumming. Greenleaf and Tiner levitate over the pulse that could be mistaken for a Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
b.1955
bass
production. "Ethio Jam," a tribute to Ethiopian funk, follows with another infective groove that morphs from the Ethiopiques to James Brown. Greenlief transforms from Getatchew Mekuria to Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
b.1943
saxophone
, as Tiner spits notes in blasts and blats.

"Michael Henderson" is a direct reference to the Stevie Wonder bassist turned Miles sideman. The once shunned explorations of electric Miles find room for expression here. Electric guitars aren't the kryptonite once thought of in the jazz setting and the fusion played here could never be confused as smooth. "Math Bath" conjoins the intricacies of math-rock with spacey cosmic jazz and some searing blues guitar work. The limitations of a vinyl LP release limit the length of each track, or perhaps it just whets the appetite for a much longer exploration next time.

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet is available as a LP or digital download.

Track Listing: One For Ra; Ethio Jam; Michael Henderson; Math Bath.

Personnel: Jordan Aguire: electric guitar, organ; Andrew Koeth: electric bass, organ; Brenndan Morlan: electric guitar, electric bass; Kris Tiner: trumpet; Phillip Greenlief: tenor saxophone.

Record Label: Epigraph Records


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