39

Pray For Brain: None Of The Above

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Circus"

New Mexico is known for its picturesque landscape, arts & crafts and Mother Earth type activities, but not cited for harvesting diverse progressive rock power trios. In addition, the band's marketing pitch asks, "What happens when two Buddhists and a Muslim meet to make music?" Evidently, a whole lot is going on, as the musicians' incorporate an electro-organic feast, enveloping a 3D outlook, spanning Middle Eastern oud-based rock, Indofunk, jazz fusion and hearty doses of improvisation. Here, exceptionally versatile guitarist Mustafa Stefan Dill integrates thrusting King Crimson chord voicings, understated melodies, shades of Americana, Mid-Eastern modalities and performs on the oud as well.

"Circus" is a piece that communicates yet another side of this enterprising unit's makeup. They inaugurate the proceedings with a splintered drums and guitar call / response motif. But matters swiftly transform into a C&W like two-step breakout, coupled with the sounds of Morocco via Dill's clever phraseology and shrewd improvisational faculties along with an affable melodic hook. The guitarist's slick-picking lines come to a halt as they migrate into a 2/4 rock pulse and moderate the main theme. Consequently, the group's divergent processes don't end there, as Dill incorporates jazzy Wes Montgomery-like chord patterns into the schematic along with a touch of pandemonium towards the closing moments. In sum, if you're looking for a solidly produced jazz rock or progressive rock outing that deviates from the tried and true, then Pray For Brain fits the bill in a rather huge way.

Track Listing:

Personnel: Christine Nelson: bass; Jefferson Voorhees: drums, percussion; Mustafa Stefan Dill: guitars, oud.

Title: None Of The Above | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: 7D Media

About Pray For Brain
Articles | Calendar | Discography | Photos | More...

Tags

Jazz Near Albuquerque
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Related

Read Flying Elephants
Flying Elephants
By Jerome Wilson
Read Overseas
Overseas
By Don Phipps
Read Sun Stone
Sun Stone
By Jack Bowers