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Dr. Mint: Voices in the Void

Glenn Astarita By

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Dr. Mint includes prominent affiliates of the West Coast progressive jazz and improvisational scenes, Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Gavin Templeton (saxophones) and Alexander Noice (electric guitar) with like-minded East Coast members, Sam Minaie (bass) and Caleb Dolister (drums). Here, the quartet presents a wow factor on its fifth release. No doubt, they're armed and dangerous via these hyper-mode jazz rock works, spiced with Noice's killer fuzoid riffs and the hornists' no holds-barred soloing ventures.

"Kingdom In The Middle" launches the festivities amid Minaie's thumping lines within a loosely enacted funk groove riding atop a straight-four pulse, amped by Noise's steely and serrated riffs. They also infuse some polyrhythmic diversions and in-your-face like choruses into the grand schema to round things out. But they merge "The (Two)(Three) Sun Erupts" with death metal noise shaping motifs into the jazz vernacular for a theme that could provide a fitting sound track for the Sun's plasma dissipating into the solar system.

The band generates high-heat and integrates memorable melodies into several pieces, so it's not all about wielding a path of destruction. On "n-Drift," Dolister lashes into a scrappy solo, backed by EFX-induced bass notes and Noice's off the wall sound-sculpting exercises as the entire band rips and shreds matter into atomic particles with a steadfast course of action, designed with an energized constitution. However, the musicians ease into a descent with soothing horns parts on the final track "Anathema," which warmly contrasts their apocalyptic forays into the outer-reaches of jazz that generates thrills a minute as some might say. Play it Loud!

Track Listing: Kingdom In The Middle; Spacerobot[dance]; Down To One; The (Two)(Three) Sun Erupts; Fanfare Mécanique; A Bird, An Assassin; Nymbists; Empyrean; n-Drift; Anathema.

Personnel: Daniel Rosenboom: trumpet; Gavin Templeton: saxophones; Alexander Noice: electric guitar & FX; Sam Minaie: electric Bass & FX; Caleb Dolister: drums

Title: Voices in the Void | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Orenda Records


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