Fond Of Tigers, Pete Schmitt on bass and Dave Sikula on guitar. Rhythmically and harmonically, the music is closer to rock than to jazz, with a great emphasis on the total sound, rather than on the soloist's expressivity. That creates some emotional distance, but it makes the music not less inviting. The instrumental approach and the line-up is of course closer to jazz. The band finds a right balance between uptempo and slower, more meditative pieces, between composed elements, improvisations and creative inventions of the moment, between raw abrasiveness and subtle gentleness, developing a quite coherent and unique musical vision. Recommended to all but the hard-core free jazz fanatics.
I attach this Youtube clip for reference of the kind of music they play, but the quality is not by a long stretch comparable to the album (luckily!).
Better still, just visit their MySpace page to listen to the music as recorded :
Stef, how about Atomic's "Theater Tilters Vol.1"?
... soon to come ...
I'll be interested to read about Atomic. AAJ said :
”if the Miles Davis Quintet with Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter And Herbie Hancock could have rocked, they would have been the brilliant and ass kicking Atomic.” -Lloyd Peterson/All About Jazz
....... sounds promising. If that's the case maybe one should mention 'Get the Blessing' also. However I notice (as always) that Atomic is up and running on MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/atomicjazz
Let's hope they can live up to the quote above!!
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