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The Antripodean Collective: Funcall

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The Antripodean Collective is a quartet of four Australians seeking their own niche in the world of freely improvised jazz. Relinquishing dissonant pyrotechnics in favor of carefully placed event-driven moments, the group nods toward the AACM's spatial framework while still managing to carve out its own place in the improvisational landscape.

The unit's instrumental makeup is one rarely heard, and the music is all the more effective for it. John Rodgers' violin is capable of melding beautifully with the outlining piano of Marc Hannaford while Scott Tinkler's trumpet and Ken Edie's drum work further serve the ...

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TriPod: TriPod

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The trio known as Morphine enamored many rock fans with its hard-hitting amalgamation of blues-rock pieces led by the late Mark Sandman's 2-string bass attack. Meanwhile, the New York City-based trio Tripod reformulates some of these concepts into more of a progressive mold. Here, lead vocalist/12-string bassist Clint Bahr and woodwind specialist Keith Gurland both utilize bass pedals for a set teeming with booming lines and ominously stated choruses.

Drummer Steve Tobin drives home the pulsating rock rhythms while also augmenting the soloists' fervent interplay and circuitous time signatures. However, on this release the musicians conjure up a few well-stated ...

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Tripod: Tripod

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Clint Bahr is lead vox, 8-string bass, bass pedals, Keith Gurland is clarinet & flute, alto & tenor sax, bass pedals, vox, and Steve Tobin is drums, cymbals, and percussion. Hear hard-edged, somewhat angry, incisive progressive rock with a bit of RIO and dash of early Crimson punch. Reed work is superb and ballsy. Vox is quite strong and somewhat embittered with melancholy angst. Compositions are involving and keep you guessing. And isn’t that what progressive is all about? A Canadian band, Glueleg, has this band’s flow and feel at times. I believe this is one of those releases that ...



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