Cique: Cique (2007)
Multitasking keyboardist Jeff Jenkins nicely contrasts Abercrombie's sinuously crafted lines, and generates snappy, organ-combo grooves on many of the trio-based pieces. On "Holland," Jenkins' shady, fuzz-toned Fender Rhodes work augments his piano and synth lines for a composition that sparks notions of entering a shadowy alleyway. And then, with "Sweet b," bassist Bijoux Barbosa steps out with some slick-picking lines to cap off a frothy shuffle vamp.
Chock full of quirky thematic forays and medium-tempo funk/rock motifs, the unit occasionally spurts out a few tricky unison time signatures to augment its scope of attack, while Abercrombie accelerates a spunky jam-band style opus during the bustling "Rock Walk." This little gem of a record looms as one of those unanticipated surprises for 2007. Lots going on under the proverbial hood as themes and sub-grooves tend to sneak up on you and then blossom into full-fledged sonic assaults.
Track Listing: The Opening; Crakalakin; Holland; Sweet b; Md time; Guyei; Rock Walk; Strutt; Fillmore; Stealing Home.
Personnel: Jeff Jenkins: Rhodes, organ, synths; Bijoux Barbosa: electric and acoustic basses; Matt Houston: drums; Steve Holloway: bodhran (10); Special guest John Abercrombie: guitar (1, 5, 7, 8).
Record Label: Capri Records