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Umbra: West

Read "West" reviewed by Ian Patterson

American road trips have long inspired writers, from Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Tom Wolfe, to Hunter S. Thompson, Robert M. Pirsig and Bill Bryson. Fewer are the extended works, similarly inspired, written by musicians. Some things, it seems, may be easier put into words. Umbra's West is inspired by founding member Chris Guilfoyle's 2017 road ...

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Wooden Shjips: West

Read "West" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Derived from America's western mythology and romanticism, the San Francisco-based Wooden Shjips incorporates vintage psychedelics, propelled by punchy back-beats amid Sonic Youth-style crunch chords and doses of German space-rock. However, the musicians do seed familiar turf into an identifiable group-focused line of operations. Perhaps a throwback to the '70s, due to Farfisa organ sounds and dreamy ...

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Lawnmower: West

Read "West" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Eminent progressive jazz drummer Luther Gray rekindled the spirit of his youth when he listened to music, via his Walkman, while mowing the lawn. With a dual-guitar and bass-less lineup, this ensemble professes a unique identity as it intertwines blues, rock and the perimeters of free jazz into a cleverly designed forum. Here, the musicians inconspicuously ...

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Lawnmower: West

Read "West" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I componenti di questo quartetto sono artisti d'avanguardia trenta/quarantenni che per formazione, esperienza e produzione musicale si collocano in un'area dove le usuali etichette (jazz, rock, elettronica, ambient ecc...) sono inopportune: i generi sono così amalgamati che è impossibile separarli uno dall'altro. Il nome più noto è il bostoniano Geoff Farina, eclettico chitarrista già leader dal 1993 al 2005 della rock ...

Lawnmover: West

Read "West" reviewed by Troy Collins

Drummer Luther Gray explains in the brief liner notes to West, the debut of his ensemble Lawnmower, that the album is an attempt to reconcile the various genres he has worked in throughout his musical development. From his early days spent in punk bands like Tsunami, to his jazz-oriented work as a sideman with fellow Bostonians ...