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MACHINE MASS feat. DAVE LIEBMAN pairs the legendary saxophonist (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones...) with longtime collaborator drummer Tony Bianco (Elton Dean, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, douBt) and guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object, douBt, Comicoperando). Graced by Dave Liebman's extraordinary phrasing and improvising skills, "INTI" combines free improvisation with tight rhythmic structures, post-Bitches Brew time signatures with ambient episodes, spreading across different musical and spiritual realities, both playfully and intensely. The band ventures into the fiery electro-jazz territories explored by Bianco and Delville's recent Machine Mass Trio, which also showcased both musicians' capacity to listen closely and improvise over unpredictable chord, rhythm and time changes while handling live electronics and computer loops.

Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs (in just one afternoon, no less!), this monumental session bears witness to three seasoned musicians in top form - producing music that is fresh, challenging, profound and moving. Rules are acknowledged and rules are discarded, and the resulting sonic bouillabaisse,Inti, signals some truly exciting new directions for progressive jazz.

"This is truly a unique musical environment that I recorded with these two wonderful musicians. Shall I use the word 'post' everything? There's some 'On The Corner' here, some punk rock, some techno stuff, etc., etc. The resulting bouillabaisse is extraordinary and novel ... challenging music and definitely cutting edge." - Dave Liebman

"...this disc is a throwback to the mid-seventies before the term 'fusion' was used and abused. Hence, this is jazz-rock at its best. Refreshing and exciting! Another gem from Moonjune treasure chest." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DownTown Music Gallery

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"Dave Liebman is one of the most creative jazz saxophonists on the planet" (John Fordham, The Guardian, London) "...the most breathtaking sweep of emotions that might be heard on soprano saxophone for some time to come." (All About Jazz)

"Michel Delville's fantastic guitar leads build (once again) to the far corners of the universe" (Dick Metcalf, Rotcod Zzaj) "... quite stunning whether soloing or filling out the spaces between" (Duncan Heining, Jazzwise Magazine, UK)

"Tony Bianco allies grace and power, propelling both sessions with unflinching stamina" (Francois Couture, All Music Guide)

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Liner Notes

Machine Mass: Inti

Read "Machine Mass: Inti" reviewed by John Kelman


One of music's most remarkable qualities is its ability to provide a context for expression of otherwise indescribable feelings. The genesis of Machine Mass Trio came at a time of duress for Tony Bianco, the expat American drummer who, since relocating to Europe in the mid-1990s, has performed with A-list improvising musicians including Elton Dean, Evan Parker and Alexander Von Schlippenbach. He's also a charter member of douBt, alongside fellow MMT mate, Belgian guitarist {Michel Delville. “My wife ...

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Machine Mass: Plays Hendrix

Read "Plays Hendrix" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Belgian trio Machine Mass returns with a creative take on the music of a rock icon: guitarist/composer Jimi Hendrix. Founding members guitarist Michel Delville and American drummer Tony Bianco are joined this time by keyboardist Antoine Guenet, who proves to be a perfect partner. The duo was filled out by reed player Jordi Grognard on their debut As Real As Thinking (Moonjune Records, 2011) and by saxophonist Dave Liebman for the stellar follow up Inti (Moonjune Records, 2014). Interpreting Hendrix's ...

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Machine Mass feat. Dave Liebman: Inti

Read "Inti" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Machine Mass nasce nel 2010 come duo tra Tony Bianco e Michel Delville, in un momento esistenzialmente drammatico per il batterista, colpito dalla perdita della moglie. Dopo una messa a punto in Europa e una serie di concerti negli States, i due decidono di dare una svolta al gruppo ospitando in questo CD Dave Liebman, che con entrambi aveva avuto varie collaborazioni e che ne arricchisce le possibilità espressive e timbriche. Il lavoro si ispira esplicitamente al ...

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Machine Mass feat. Dave Liebman: Inti

Read "Inti" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Renowned saxophonist Dave Liebman's legacy as a musician who radiates illimitable vigor and a broad artistic expanse, hearkens back to his stint with Miles Davis and seemingly countless collaborations with a who's who in jazz amid an extensive resume as a leader. On this supercharged jazz-fusion gala he is the featured artist with spiraling young star, Belgium guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object), ace drummer Tony Bianco (Elton Dean, and Alexander Von Schlippenbach). Delville's stinging phraseology, angular wah-wah ...

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Sax Icon And Jazz Legend Dave Liebman Joins Machine Mass On New Moonjune Records Release

Sax Icon And Jazz Legend Dave Liebman Joins Machine Mass On New Moonjune Records Release

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

New York, NY: MACHINE MASS feat. DAVE LIEBMAN pairs the legendary saxophonist (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones...) with longtime collaborator drummer Tony Bianco (Elton Dean, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, douBt) and guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object, douBt, Comicoperando). Graced by Dave Liebman’s extraordinary phrasing and improvising skills, “INTI” combines free improvisation with tight rhythmic structures, post-Bitches Brew time signatures with ambient episodes, spreading across different musical and spiritual realities, both playfully and intensely. The band ventures into the fiery electro-jazz ...

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Machine Mass Trio to Release "As Real As Thinking" (MoonJune)

Machine Mass Trio to Release "As Real As Thinking" (MoonJune)

Source: Chris M. Slawecki

Originally born as a side-project of douBt, this new trio led by Tony Bianco (on drums and loops) and Michel Delville (on guitar, bouzouki and live effects) also includes emerging Belgian talent Jordi Grognard on saxophones, bass clarinet and flute. As Real as Thinking is an amazing mix of fiery licks, catchy themes, telepathic rhythms, shamanic soundscapes and processed loops—testifying to the band's compositional flair and extraordinary musicianship. The music is meaningfully condensed—consistently powerful without being overwhelming—and will appeal to ...

Ambient impressionism collides with a progressive technological force...the next level on the improvisational evolutionary chain. … A vibrant improvisation excursion down the harmonic road less traveled. A stunning release! – Brent Black, Critical Jazz

Masterfully crafted Inti pushes the creative envelope by assigning the talent and experience to the unit, stating it loud and clear that Machine Mass is not in the hands of one man, but rather a joint effort of the present individuals. Each one of them works as both a leader and a follower, and breaking down the song structures inevitably reveals the trio’s ever-lasting “on fire” moments

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Plays Hendrix

MoonJune Records
2017

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Inti

MoonJune Records
2014

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Inti

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