I can't tell you how good it feels to know that no matter what the musical climate is globally, there are always crazy-talented guys like Dan Briggs (bass), Walter Fancourt (tenor sax/flute), and Matt Lynch (drums) out there who approach their art with fearlessness and - most importantly - a sense of wry self-awareness. Especially when it leads to amazing albums like [their band] Trioscapes' Separate Realities.
Apparently, the lads got together to polish up their rendition of a Mahavishnu Orchestra tune and had so much fun with it, they felt that there was an album's worth of tunes in them that came together quickly later that year; their mutual love of 70s fusion and the psychedelic extended jams that it often entails (the title track is 11 and a half minutes) is apparent to fans of the genre throughout the album's half a dozen tracks. This stuff smokes, man. I just love that there are young musicians out there carrying the torch who were probably in diapers when this kind of music first came out - and they're kicking ass at it.
God bless music.
The Bottom Line: Dan, Walt, and Matt come together to celebrate their mutual admiration for 70s fusion with a healthy dose of modern aggression and self-awareness - to great musical success.
Tracks to Make You Consider Going Vinyl: Blast Off, Separate Realities, Curse of the Ninth, Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
- Genghis loves him some old school jams with modern sensibility...