Altitude

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
The third installment of the Groundtruther trilogy sees Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte inviting John Medeski to be the third wheel. With both Hunter and Medeski on board, one could be forgiven for thinking this was going to be a funky good time, but Groundtruther is about pure spontaneous improvisation and totally unconcerned with getting people out on the dancefloor. There are two discs: Above Sea Level is the electrified set and Below Sea Level is the acoustic set. The electric set has Medeski playing his full array of vintage keyboards including some really nice Mellotron with Previte playing a hybrid electric/acoustic drum kit and electronics and Hunter using a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
The third installment of the Groundtruther trilogy sees Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte inviting John Medeski to be the third wheel. With both Hunter and Medeski on board, one could be forgiven for thinking this was going to be a funky good time, but Groundtruther is about pure spontaneous improvisation and totally unconcerned with getting people out on the dancefloor. There are two discs: Above Sea Level is the electrified set and Below Sea Level is the acoustic set. The electric set has Medeski playing his full array of vintage keyboards including some really nice Mellotron with Previte playing a hybrid electric/acoustic drum kit and electronics and Hunter using a near lethal amount of distortion. Medeski and Hunter compete for wicked tones, and with Previte's knack for triggered samples, it can be difficult to figure out who's doing what at times. Medeski and Previte have both been recorded in "out" situations, but you've never heard Charlie Hunter playing like this. The funk and soul-jazz leanings are mostly abandoned and there's a raw aggressiveness to his playing and tone that's a bit surprising. On "Pyramid of Giza," he actually lets his completely distorted chords ring into feedback. At other times, you'd almost be hard pressed to identify his sounds as guitar and not some keyboard. Previte moves back and forth between his acoustic drums and the electronic ones as Medeski coaxes some really odd sounds from his keys. They can go from spacy to noisy in a heartbeat, with all players clearly listening to each other and responding. The acoustic disc is another beast entirely. Previte sticks to a regular kit, Medeski plays acoustic piano melodica on one track and Charlie Hunter plays acoustic exclusively his first acoustic recordings, so here, you can easily identify the players. This disc is really out there; closer at times to a Derek Bailey project than anything Hunter has been associated with. Much of Hunter's playing sounds almost like prepared guitar although he adopts an almost flamenco style for part of "Mariana Trench," probably the prettiest track on the second disc. And he doesn't just play the strings of the guitar either, throughout you can hear him tapping and slapping the body of the guitar as well. Medeski plays lots of skittering piano while Previte's role is more of a colorist than a timekeeper. The tunes on Below Sea Level are generally more sparse, although "Submarine Canyon" sounds almost like a busy locked loop. "Cold Seep" has an Asian flavor to it, with some low groaning vocalizing in the background. It's interesting to contrast the two sets, where the same basic method of operation leads to two very different sets based on the instrumentation. Altitude probably won't get your toe tapping at least not in any steady time, but it's filled with the magic of spontaneous music creation from three modern masters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • UPC: 700435718128
  • Catalog Number: 57181
  • Sales rank: 243,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taipei 101 (4:10)
  2. 2 Pyramid of Giza (6:12)
  3. 3 Everest (5:23)
  4. 4 Seoul Tower (10:27)
  5. 5 Kingda Ka (6:53)
  6. 6 Warsaw Radio Mast (7:01)
  7. 7 Empire State (15:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Three Haikus: Death Valley (0:33)
  2. 2 Three Haikus: Salt Lake (0:27)
  3. 3 Three Haikus: Dead Sea (0:36)
  4. 4 Submarine Canyon (3:27)
  5. 5 Subduction Zone (3:21)
  6. 6 Evaporites (2:49)
  7. 7 Forearc (2:17)
  8. 8 Cold Seep (3:51)
  9. 9 Downwelling (2:02)
  10. 10 Decollement (1:16)
  11. 11 Seafloor Spreading Hypothesis (4:10)
  12. 12 Turbidite (2:14)
  13. 13 Bathymetric Expression (3:23)
  14. 14 Tectonic Revolution (1:51)
  15. 15 Mariana Trench (7:42)
  16. 16 Challenger Deep (1:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Groundtruther Primary Artist
Charlie Hunter Indexed Contributor
John Medeski Piano, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Melodica, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Guest Appearance
Bobby Previte Drums, Electric Drums, electronics, Group Member
Charlie Hunter Trio Guitar (7 String Electric), Guitar (7 String Acoustic), Group Member
Technical Credits
Bobby Previte Producer
Tim Conklin Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Cynthia Fetty Concept
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