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


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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 fans of progressive jazz, world music and rock audiences with an ear for the unusual. The CD sounds alternately groovy and meditative, trancy and punkish, modern and ethnic, cloudy and clear. It also features an explosive 18-minute duet between Bianco and Delville (guitarist also with MoonJune Recording artists' The Wrong Object)—showcasing the musicians' seemingly boundless energy, and extraordinary capacity to listen to each other and improvise over insane chord, rhythm and time changes while handling live electronics.

Michel Delville was born in Liege, Belgium. He has been performing and composing alternative music since the mid-1980s. His most recent projects include the internationally acclaimed Nu-Rock-Jazz quintet The Wrong Object, a band which has collaborated with luminaries of British jazz such as Elton Dean, Harry Beckett and Annie Whitehead, and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their latest studio album, Stories from the Shed, has generated countless raving reviews in such leading publications as Jazzwise, Guitar Player, Musica Jazz and All About Jazz. In 2010, he created the trio douBt with Alex Maguire and Tony Bianco. Other recent bands and projects include Belgian-Swiss punk-jazz combo TZGIV, Belgo-Dutch rock quintet The Moving Tones, Alex Maguire, and Comicoperando (tribute project to the great Robert Wyatt; feat. Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause and Karen Mantler).

Anthony 'Tony' Bianco was born in New York City. He has played and recorded with some of the most influential musicians of the international jazz scene, such as Dave Liebman, Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Elton Dean, Alex von Schlippenbach, Simon Picard, Reggie Workman, Paul Rutherford, Keith Tippett, Paul Rogers, Elliot Levine, Marcio Mattos, Luther Thomas, Jay Oliver and John Edwards. The sheer diversity of his discography reflects his need to be “loose and tense, free and strict" combine the sounds of straight and free jazz, closed and open form. His most recent releases include douBt's debut album Never Pet a Burning Dog (with Alex Maguire and Michel Delville), Vesuvius (Alex von Schlippenbach/Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Tony Bianco), Line Ish (Tony Bianco/Dave Liebman/Tony Marino) and In a Western Sense, as well as the more groovy and post-Milesian experiments of Free Beat (with the late Elton Dean, and John Wilkinson) and Monkey Dance (feat. Dave Liebman).

Jordi Grognard is one of the rising voices of the Belgian jazz scene. He studied at the Flemish Conservatory in Brussels where he took classes with Jeroen van Herzeele and John Ruocco. A true multi-instrumentalist, he plays a variety of instruments including the tenor sax, the bass clarinet, the soprano sax, the flute and many non-Western woodwinds. He is currently one of Belgium's hardest-gigging musicians and performs with a large variety of ensembles including Paul Smoker, The Friendly Dogs, and the Nicola Lancerotti Quartet. A versatile and adventurous musician, he is equally at ease playing jazz, electronic music, rock and world music.

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