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Drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt formed this band, soon after his departure from the now legendary Soft Machine aggregation. With only two albums under its belt, Matching Mole disbanded in 1972, whereas Cuneiform Records has furthered its legacy due to the 2001 release titled Smoke Signals. This outing follows suit so to speak, as the label resurrects additional live material culled from the band’s 1972 tour. A portion of the ensemble’s stock material is presented here along with a clever rendition of Caravan’s “Waterloo Lily.” In addition, kudos should be in order for the producers’ respectable re-mastering/digitizing efforts.
The opener, “March,” is accelerated by bassist Bill MacCormick’s booming ostinato, counterbalanced by Wyatt’s rumbling fills and electric pianist Dave MacRae’s jazzy and somewhat ethereal voicings. Although Wyatt’s gut-wrenching vocalise on the piece titled “Instant Pussy,” becomes a bit tough on the auditory senses. While guitarist Phil Miller’s use of sustain and volume control techniques provide a rough-hewn edge!
The band surges thru a jazz waltz motif amid sequences of playful zaniness and progressive rock type musings. Where, MacCormick’s mammoth fuzz bass lines on “Lything And Gracing,” serves as one of the many highlights. Recommended...
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com