The Inbetweens: The Inbetweens (2003)
The musicians play with finesse as well as intensity. Gamble’s guitar wizardry is impressive with a style that brings to mind musicians from John Abercrombie to Dave Fiuczynski in terms of composition and freedom. A nice contrast of the trio compared to most fusion groups is the use of acoustic bass by Noah Jarrett. His jazz chops combined with a full sound, gives the music deepness and character while drummer Conor Elmes’ percussion work adds an array of sounds from his kit which creates depth to the trio’s sound.
Various styles on the recording give a glimpse into the trio’s musical mindset. The first selection, “Tension,” combines earthy tones with free expression. On “Yearsnew” the style is a mellow groove with each musician performing a delicate dance of timbres and tempos. “What If?” begins with a western motif that morphs into acid-rock guitar work by Gamble in the vein of Hendrix. For punk rockers young and old alike there’s “Lettuce Bread,” with its funky attitude mixed with outlandish vocals and guttural sounds. Things cool down nicely on “Indecision,” which features a dream-like tempo and some liquid guitar work by Gamble. The recording ends with “Inception” with strong percussion against a hypno-rock background. The Inbetween’s music could be classified as “jazz crossover fusion for the new millennium,” but what really matters is that the music is free and interesting, with the potential to appeal to a variety of music fans.
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Track Listing: 1. Tension 2. Yearsnew 3. What If? 4.Lettuce Bread 5. Indecision 6. Inception
Personnel: Michael Gamble - guitars; Noah Jarret - electric and acoustic bass; Conor Elmes - drums and percussion
Record Label: Independent Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock