The MRC Trio abides by a corpulent sound that's shaded with electronics and oddly formed undertones. The musicians generate pumping grooves to quell what would ordinarily appear to be modern/free jazz implementation. Sure, there are plenty of torrid improvisational encounters and ventures into the free domain, but the band often renders stylish world music grooves and jazz-fusion elements. They segment the music into four acts, which assists the mind's eye with formulating visual aspects of the music.
On "Act 1: Scene 2, violinist Hugh Marsh and the rhythm section start off with a conventional, yet somewhat staggered swing motif featuring blitzing staccato passages and linear thematic forays. Here and elsewhere, they surge into the red zone, firmed up by five-string cellist Rufus Cappadocia's limber bottom end. And they infuse motifs topped off with spacey jazz-rock lines to complement passages awash with grittily executed exchanges.
One of the more interesting efforts of 2005, this set presents lucid imagery with a wide-ranging palette. In other areas, Marsh institutes grunge-style effects laced with fuzz-toned sounds to complement drummer Barry Romberg's thrusting beats. Nonetheless, these folks mean business. They produce a thrill a minute from beginning to end! This band could make a difference in global jazz circles. Raucously recommended...
Track Listing: Act 1; Act 2; Act 3; Act 4.
Personnel: Barry Romberg: drums, percussion, electric percussion; Hugh Marsh: violin, effects; Rufus
Cappadocia: five-string cello.
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out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
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them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
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