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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.
Year Released: 2006
| Record Label: Canada Council for the Arts
| Style: Beyond Jazz
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.