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Garage a Trois: Always Be Happy But Stay Evil

Read "Always Be Happy But Stay Evil" reviewed by Doug Collette

Once the most cerebral of groovemeisters, when guitarist Charlie Hunter collaborated with saxophonist Skerik, vibraphonist Mike Dillon and drummer Stanton Moore, Garage a Trois reinvented itself two years ago when keyboardist Marco Benevento took the guitarist's place, a process that now continues with Always Be Happy But Stay Evil. In contrast to the kamikaze attack of Power Patriot (Royal Potato Family, 2009), Garage a Trois begins this disc with the odd timbre of one of Benevento's synthesiszer-like keyboards, ...

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Garage A Trois: Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil

Read "Garage A Trois: Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil" reviewed by Chris May

Garage A TroisAlways Be Happy, But Stay EvilRoyal Potato Family2011 The story of jazz/rock cominglings is a not a happy one, strewn, as it is, with compromise and the middle ground. But it does include some happy chapters, several of them set in the modern jam band era. One of these concerns Garage A Trois, the group which has, since 2009's Power Patriot (Royal Potato Family), consisted of tenor saxophonist Skerik, ...

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Garage a Trois: Power Patriot

Read "Power Patriot" reviewed by Chris Kompanek

The lines between jazz and rock can become blurred inside of a really good groove. That's exactly what happens on Garage a Trois' Power Patriot. In spite of its hokey title with red state overtones, the ten songs it contains are tightly constructed jams composed largely by Mike Dillon and pianist Marco Benevento, whose own trio focuses on indie-rock- based jazz. Upon opening the CD, it's clear that this is not a typical jazz album. The inside cover art is ...

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Garage A Trois: Power Patriot

Read "Power Patriot" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music of Garage A Trois is located somewhere on the map between do-it-yourself punk fusion and hip-hop jamband. The current lineup replaces guitarist Charlie Hunter, heard on Outre Mer (Telarc, 2006) and Emphasizer (Tone Cool, 2003), with keyboardist Marco Benevento. The effect is to push the music more towards saxophonist Skerik's prior efforts in the Seattle band Ponga. The change here is heard in the writing of vibraphonist Mike Dillon and Benevento's keyboard mayhem. A fan of ...

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Garage A Trois: Outre Mer

Read "Outre Mer" reviewed by Michael McCaw

Garage a Trois, a quartet consisting of Mike Dillon, Charlie Hunter, Skerik, and Stanton Moore, recorded Outre Mer live with no overdubs: no small feat given its buoyantly dense sound. And although the name of the band doesn't quite fit the number of musicians, they combine elements found in each of their solo projects to form a collective sound, something wholly unique.Favoring breakneck movement-inducing funk/groove backdrop replete with punchy horn lines, hand mutes, and swaggering percussion, this soundtrack ...

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Garage a Trois: Outre Mer

Read "Outre Mer" reviewed by John Kelman

Film music has its own sets of demands, often required to elevate the emotional content of the cinematic story while at the same time seamlessly blending so that it doesn't dominate. And while scores can literally define the mood of a film at their best--think Hitchcock's Psycho--and some only work in conjunction with the films for which they're intended, some can also stand as independent entities, like Miles Davis' 1950s score for Ascenseur pour L'Echafaud.

Some film scores are all ...

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Garage A Trois: Outre Mer

Read "Outre Mer" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

Garage A Trois' Outre Mer is the soundtrack to an as yet unreleased French film of the same name. The band, consisting of Mike Dillon (percussion, vibraphone), Charlie Hunter (eight-string guitar, pandero), Stanton Moore (drums, polyrhythms), and Skerik (saxophone), lays down surging funk-influenced tunes, tempered by the intricate delicacy of vibraphone and guitar.

The main problem with most soundtrack recordings is that they can be, well, boring. Since the main purpose of the music is to accompany the ...

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Garage a Trois: Emphasizer

Read "Emphasizer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Three of the four players in Garage a Trois are West Coasters, which helps explain the free-wheeling home-brewed funk that pervades Emphasizer. It's only appropriate that New Orleans also make its contribution in the form of drummer Stanton Moore, a viciously adept guardian of the groove. The year-old addition of percussionist/vibraphonist Mike Dillon represents an upgrade on the original Trois of guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik, and drummer Moore (who together recorded the Mysteryfunk EP in 1999).

Whenever ...

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Garage a Trois: Emphasizer

Read "Emphasizer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When was the last time you had fun listening to a jazz record?

I’m not talking about the seriousness of the neo-conservative suit-and-tie hard bopper syndrome, people who perform the “listen to this music, it’s good for you” kind. Nor the avant “we don’t expect (want) you to understand or actually like our stuff” kind.

I mean the type of music you would make if you were a musician yourself. Music that draws from ...


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