The Brotherhood of the Drum

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Matt Cameron and Friends

The music started light with the group easing into it, Ryan Burns' chords on his Fender Rhodes piano prominent, fast grooves with partial swing. Drummer Matt Cameron's trademark bass drum accents and dexterity developed and honed doing hard time with rock bands Soundgarden and Pearl Jam caught the group up in the intensity and power of his driving rhythm. The organ laid in hard giving way to Cameron's solos, Geoff Harper's acoustic bass playing distorted arco pushing the music out in waves. Burns opened a number that he wrote with ambient organ that picked up in intensity as Cameron complimented with a thunderous undercurrent. Harper's bowing screaming arco complimented Burns' chord changes, and the group was outside of any musical construct, the intensity building into an eruption with no rhythm, no framework. The rhythm starts with the band in 3/4, Cameron hits hard then takes it down as Harper keeps solid time. As Cameron stated, Monk is the influence here. Harper's bass grooves and swings, Cameron's time is unyielding, but Burns' organ takes the music out into the unknown and creates an atmosphere of uncertainty. This is what made the group's musical improvisations work. At the end they played "Highway Star" by Deep Purple.


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