I will have to say this first off, Whoa! This funked-n-free-jam fusion splash is a tricky ride. Though truly off-center and extremely innovative in many solos and song structures you gotta love this releases overall groove. Everybody seems wide open, slammin', chops-laden, pumpin' and hard groovin'and 100% slick! It is a mine field of genius, crunch, technical feats of fusion and best of all full of soul and fire. This is no limp-wristed, rag doll fuzak. No! GnHnWnCnK have crafted a must-hear, nouveau fusion of jazz/funk/rock and treatments. If you dig GnH or Tribal Tech then just buy this. As Tribal Tech's Rocket Science was one really wild excursion, so too Uncle Moe's Space Ranch will have you in orbit above Planet Trippy's Freaked Fusion Restaurant.
Again we have that Weather Report on steroids wall of fused jazz colliding with GnH's Under the Lash of Gravity type of brutality and monster-sized stompings. This is not dinner music nor background dribblings of jazz. UM'sSRanch is strictly for those hip to the trip of loud, fast, and explosive. Enjoy axes dripping with riffs, bass that delivers seismically , drums that attack the primal bedrock and keys that will tie your ears in knots. Even Virgil Donati pops in for some percs too.
2001 has been a year for fusion to stretch itself out into daring new territories of expression. I listen to this GnH release, T Tech's latest and McGill/Manring/Stevens' +/- release and I see a new kind of fusion rock coming into being free fusion. I wonder what is next. I wrote my pal Brett as to what-in-the-heck kind of effects and and/or pedals he and TJ were using to create the novel sounds found herein. He informed me he was just playing through his fav LINE 6 settings but TJ had recorded a solo to vinyl first and then TJ/DJ scratched it in for the final mix. Unreal! These guys never cease to amuse and amaze me. For those of you wanting to hear that Exempt and Quid Pro Quo sound just skip to the outro track for a deep dip into GnH nostalgia. Minx will also stir those classic GnH neurons too. All other songs will be a brand new experience I heartily recommend. If you want cool fusion that rocks head-to-head with anything else out there then check into Uncle Moe's Space Ranch. Head rushes and whole-body shivers included with assorted solos. Bravo mates and dudes, izza good'un! Eh? (Beware hidden weird bonzodogband zappa sophomoric castrated gnome tracks.)<
Track Listing: Colliding Chimps; email@example.com; Swarming Goblets; SighBorg; He's Havin; All That's His to be Bad; Minx; I Want a Pine Cone; A Thousand Days.
Personnel: Brett: guitar; TJ: guitar and scratch; Gary Willis: bass stomp; Dennis Chambers: stix; Scott Kinsey: Zawinulic keys; Virgil: guest percussion; Djemel Chergui: electronica thingamajigs and assorted guest whatnotz.
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already. SOOOO... he started me off LP's by Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Monty Alexander, Charlie Byrd, and Dave Brubeck... does it get any better than that? ...No, it doesn't. I was hooked!!
I met and had a master class with the late music giant John Lewis, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet! This was at CCNY in 1977. I was blessed! It was an incredible class... how could it have been anything else?!?!
The first jazz record I bought was...I bought numerous records from my friend at the record store, as mentioned above. He introduced me to nothing but music giants/legends! I think The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Greatest Hits, was actually the first one.
My advice to new listeners... study first--understand the rudiments--solfeggio, keys, scales, and basic chords. Read a book or take a class that includes the study of chord progressions, especially in jazz. It should ideally be a piano class so you can play multiple notes together. Have a good EAR or else it's not really worth it in my view...to become a musician, a good EAR for music is about as fundamental as breathing! Learn to read chord charts--i.e., lead sheets - wherein you play various voicings of the chords--major, minor, dominant 7th (alterations of these, you can learn over time - the basic chords are most important for starters), plus the melody, on the piano or keyboard. If you have to read the exact notes, then it's not the same as actually internalizing it & getting it all into your head. If you can do this, I think you're ready not only for listening to jazz, but understanding many concepts of it! Of course...anyone can listen to jazz... but I think it's so good to also have a grasp of it.