Great second release from this high-energy Japanese instrumental ensemble of soprano and tenor sax, keyboards (mostly electric piano and organ), bass and drums, with guests on guitar and percussion. Their 2003 debut blew the minds of those who were lucky enough to hear it, and this confident & powerful release will convert the rest!
This features combined monster grooves and head-crunching heaviness. You wll hear traces of fusion bands like mid-period Soft Machine/Canterbury fusion, early Passport, Nucleus, Mushroom, The Mothers Of Invention, all filtered through Japanese over-driven rock ala Happy Family or Tatsuya Yoshida's Koenjihyakkei or Keorekyojinn; they tear into these jazz/rock grooves with a great ferocity, which makes complete sense when you learn that the drummer/leader was the original drummer for Melt Banana, and was on their first two albums.
"The main thing that sets these guys apart is the intense and aggressive energy level...like a runaway train approaching that sharp curve, you just know it's going to go over the edge, but somehow it stays on track"
"...a perfect marriage of 70's Canterbury and burning jazz-fusion, with complex time signatures, ripping keyboards and squonkin' sax lines... reeks of promise and delivers on many fronts"
- Sea of Tranquility
"Given the apparent youth of the bandmembers (judging from their promotional photo), their playing on this CD is amazingly mature and assured. Let's hope they find a large enough audience to allow themselves further musical growth and prosperity."
– Bill Tilland / AllMusic
supported by 30 fans who also own “Leap Second Neutral”
I saw this group in Philadelphia on this tour and am really glad to have a recording of the show. Have loved them since around 1971, saw them in 1974, and am thrilled they're continuing to make distinctive music. davehartl
supported by 29 fans who also own “Leap Second Neutral”
i must admit now that i collect hendrix covers. his material is SO strong that there are many, and very few really ones. this is one of the best ever. these tracks are hot, and strange, and beautiful, and strong, yet essentially faithful in a colorful way. magical workings! CH