157

Group Therapy: Digitalive

By

Sign in to view read count
The Japanese sextet Group Therapy plays a relaxed style of fusion laced with an R&B feel, augmented by a horn duo with the unusual instrumentation of soprano sax and trombone. "Digitalive," the group's second self-released CD, was recorded live in April 2000 and contains three tracks, each clocking in at over 10 minutes.

Group Therapy's sound mixes R&B influenced fusion with horn choruses similar to early Chicago, producing a unique brand of jazz influenced music that remains melodically accessible and jam rock oriented. The soprano sax and trombone provide a unique horn section voice, with different timbres and ranges that compliment each other in an unusual yet highly appropriate way.

The three songs on "Digitalive" remain engaging despite their extended length by moving through different sections and tasteful solos. A bouncing bass line and horn exclamations punctuate the almost funk groove of "Atlantis." "Incident in Damascus" builds around a sinuous Middle Eastern melody introduced on guitar synth and soprano sax.

The rhythm guitar usually plays crisp, funk style clean chords, and the lead guitar steps forward for several elegant solos in a thick, smooth tone, discreetly mixed within the sound of the rest of the band. The soprano sax and trombone often trade short lead lines or take longer solos between horn choruses or band melody lines. The largely competent bass work occasionally falls into extremely simple patterns, such as the walking bass line beginning "Metalomania," and tends to repeat bass lines excessively without variations on the groove.

The sound of "Digitalive" contains some ragged edges, like a hum in the bass midway through "Atlantis," and the horn section out of tune during the middle of "Metalomania." However, the irrepressible, spontaneous flow of the music in a live setting conquers these sonic shortcomings.

The unique sound and the vigorous live performance of Group Therapy make the "Digitalive" CD-R EP a refreshingly original musical experience. The band's web site is informative, despite the innocuously self-aggrandizing tone of the prose and the occasionally awkward English.

More Info: http://grouptherapy.tripod.com/


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Songs From Afar" CD/LP/Track Review Songs From Afar
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 11, 2016
Read "Rub Out The Word" CD/LP/Track Review Rub Out The Word
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2016
Read "The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald" CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 21, 2016
Read "Hasta Karma" CD/LP/Track Review Hasta Karma
by Tyran Grillo
Published: April 29, 2016
Read "Metamorphosis" CD/LP/Track Review Metamorphosis
by Dave Wayne
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Meeting At The Parting Place" CD/LP/Track Review Meeting At The Parting Place
by Dave Wayne
Published: October 1, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!