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Dave Manington's Riff Raff: Challenger Deep

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Dave Manington's third album as leader is an intriguing one. It defies the listener's expectations as it progress through its titles. For example, the Chick Corea /Flora Purim-esque opening to “Dr. Octopus" may lead the listener into false assumptions of the Latin kind. Similarly, the ensuing title track, including Tom Challenger's Albert Ayler-like tenor wails and Rob Updegraff's subtle echoey guitar, provides an appropriately aquatic, moody soundscape, augmented by Brigitte Beraha's mesmeric, wordless vocals. There's a lot going ...

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Dave Manington's Riff Raff: Hullabaloo

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A band called Riff Raff, an album titled Hullabaloo; it's a fair bet that a rowdy collection of delinquents is about to create a raucous musical racket. The bet would be lost, however, as both band name and album title misdirect. Hullabaloo is a collection of free-flowing, often meditative tunes written by bassist/bandleader Dave Manington and performed by a sextet that harnesses its creative energies in the service of these compositions.Manington is a founder member of London's Loop ...