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That's a journey few bands are willing to embark on these days, casually remarking, "its been done before." Audacious music such as these tracks written and performed here by Lomax are capable of getting one's band laughed off a bandstand. No laughing here, as the trio has plenty of bite to go with its bark.
From the first drum roll the band drops into a heavy groove, Lomax with a constant muscular pulse that launches Bayard into interstellar space in "Stuck In A Rut." The outwardness is tempered by an athletic blues feel. By the time the band gives way to Hulett's bass solo, recalling Jimmy Garrison, the perspiration is apparent.
Likewise, "To Know God Is To Know Thyself" is marked by its firebrand nature, calling forth the late-Coltrane and Rashied Alidynamism. The task they perform is above reproach, burning through this energy jazz piece, each player standing his ground to deliver an unflinching tour de force.
Track Listing: Stuck In A Rut; The Unknown Self; The Power Of Knowing; To Know God Is To Know Thyself; Blues For Charles (Who Split B4 The Butterfly Flew In).
Personnel: Mark Lomax: drums; Edwin Bayard: tenor saxophone; Dean Hulett: bass.
Record Label: Inarhyme Records, LLC
Style: Modern Jazz
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