Youth Oriented

Youth Oriented

by Happy Apple
     
 
The Minneapolis, MN-based trio's fifth outing features more of the musicians' playful, rebellious spirit and enterprising methodologies, as the Youth Oriented motif is depicted in cartoonish fashion within the CD booklet. In addition, the artists' unique sound, consisting of alternative jazz-rock musings, has already spawned a

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The Minneapolis, MN-based trio's fifth outing features more of the musicians' playful, rebellious spirit and enterprising methodologies, as the Youth Oriented motif is depicted in cartoonish fashion within the CD booklet. In addition, the artists' unique sound, consisting of alternative jazz-rock musings, has already spawned a rash of imitators within the modern jazz circuit. Nevertheless, the trio surges onward with more power-packed rock beats and flashy time changes. Notions of a Sonic Youth-type jazz outfit come to mind. Here, multi-reedman Michael Lewis solos above electric bassist Erik Fratzke's booming yet noticeably limber patterns and drummer David King's brawny rhythmic endeavors. The band tempers the flow on pieces such as "The Landfall Planetarium," where King injects some hazy Mellotron voicings into the mix, translating into a slightly humorous effect. But they frequently up the ante, due to their gritty discourses amid elements of soul and chutzpah. Many of these works feature gradually climactic opuses and searing exchanges. Hence, a charismatic lot, with a nouveau approach to jazz music in general as this band traverses the road less traveled. Recommended.

Editorial Reviews

Downbeat
The members all play and write fairly well, and conceptualize better.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2003
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728300629
catalogNumber:
3006
Rank:
299088

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