Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Free Form Funky Freqs - "Urban Mythology Volume One" CD

Led by the masterful and incendiary guitar voodoo of Vernon Reid, this new trio project with bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston mines a muscular jazz/rock stratosphere that goes pretty well crazay, maaan. These dense compositions (like the scalding 'Over And Under') re-imagine Hendrix in a way-out jam session with Miles Davis. Other cuts resemble Bill Laswell's old Massacre project. 'Chump Champ Chunk' is a little more easygoing, though Reid's signature fretboard pyrotechnics are unleashed later in the cut. If the term 'jazz rock' conjures images of pretentious daytime radio office muzak, let Reid (obviously the focal point of the group) and company show you that it can be as heavy and muscular as metal. Killer!
(Thirsty Ear)

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