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Bugs In Amber CD

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The romantic rumours that the BBC Jazz Award-winning contemporary quartet Get The Blessing met at an Ornette Coleman Appreciation Society in Bristol, could easily be true. Get The Blessing's unique performances hark of the rich Bristolian melancholy that revolutionised British pop music in the 90s, yet reflecting esoteric variations on where jazz as-we-know-it has come from and is ... Read more in Amazon's Get the Blessing Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cake Music
  • ASIN: B0021UDIPG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The follow up to the BBC Jazz award winning debut 'All is Yes'. New music featuring members of Portishead. Noisier, thrashier and less conventional than ever Get The Blessing return with 'Bugs in Amber'. As “post-jazz” finds its feet there are certain bands in this thriving scene that scream out at you. Tied to jazz by its freedom and spirit but with a punk attitude, rock energy and beats driven by a foundation in dance Get The Blessing (formerly The Blessing) walk a thin line, but rather than pushing people away they have managed to draw people into their quirky clique. Tracks: MUSIC STYLE PRODUCT / THE WORD FOR MOONLIGHT IS MOONLIGHT / THE UNNAMEABLE / BUGS IN AMBER / TARP / EINSTEIN ACTION FIGURES / THE SPEED OF DARK / BLOOM / YES I SAID YES I WILL YES / TRAPDOOR UK Dates 2009 16 April Vortex, London – Preview date / 19 April Isle of Wight Jazz Festival / 01 May Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Pillar Room / 28 May Cargo, London – Official Launch date 04 June Matt and Phreds, Manchester / 11 June Boileroom, Guildford / 24 June Rainbow, Birmingham / 12 July Swanage Jazz Festival

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Barely a year after their first album, All Is Yes, won the BBC's Jazz Album Of The year award, Bristol's jazz rock heroes Get The Blessing return with an extended name and album number two. The same line-up of Jim Barr (bass), Clive Deamer (drums), Jake McMurchie (saxophone) and Pete Judge (trumpet) aided in spots by Portishead's Adrian Utley (Barr divides his time between both outfits) turn in a similar combination of pulse-quickening vamps that plough headlong into more reflective, modal mid-sections or slower, twisting explorations leading to dizzying explosions of sound.

With only the addition of some diaphanous vocals to colour the mix on the opening blast, Music Style Product - another 70s car chase contender - their modus operandi is little changed from the debut. While the explorations of McMurchie and Judge will give the most pleasure for fans of free form jazz of the more cosmic persuasion if there's a fault it's that the formula belies a certain tentativeness. Wrapping their 'unidentifiable' work within a comforting rock sandwich as if to slip it past the cool police merely makes you long for some more 'out-there' moments as on the spacey shenanigans of Tarp. A particularly dry production adds to this feeling.

Barr's bass-as-lead approach is still an essential element, its drive always adding that certain extra, and his Holger Czukay-like twang on The Word For Moonlight Is Moonlight is hypnotic. But where the band really strike gold is on the closing slow meander of Bloom which suddenly lifts ecstatically to the rafters as it seques into Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes (brilliant title by the way, boys).

Ultimately Bugs In Amber is probably too close to its predecessor in tone and style to make it stand as proud as it should for a band with such singular talent. That's no criticism; it's a complaint common to many second albums where bands include work that's been tried and tested on the road or on b-sides (in this case The Unnameable) or stick to tested working methods that don't truly push them beyond their comfort zone. Bugs In Amber is a great album, but Get The Blessing are capable of more. This is business as usual: let's hope album number three throws caution to the wind. --Chris Jones

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By teethmeister on 2 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Wow! Blow-your-socks-off stuff once again from the Bristol Quartet.

Is it Jazz? Is it Rock? Do I care? Nope.

The Blessing Boys create a wonderful sound world encompassing American 70's cop series Funk, Dance-inspired beats, dreamy spacey psychedelia, anthemic build-ups and not just a small amount of nod'n'wink humour.

Virtuosic playing from all 4 corners, but it doesn't add up to cerebral noodlings or look-at-me over-showmanship. Instead the result is joyous and vibrant, with tone for miles, and depth.

Comparisons are made with Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear and the likes. This is LAZY pigeon-holing. Clive Deamer is quite a different animal to Seb Rochford and Get The Blessing are a beast unto themselves.

This recording does a pretty fine job of capturing the energy of a live encounter with these guys (something that doesn't often happen with recordings) but, if you do get a chance to see them play live, sell your grandmother to do it.
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I hesitated to review Bugs In Amber because, as with their first offering ,All Is Yes, it took me good few playings for to fully appreciate it. In fact I felt a little disappointed initially after getting to love the first album with its harder driven and more chaotic art-rock type of almost free jazz and fusion of genres. But I'm glad that I stuck with Bugs in Amber because it offers a more subtle , even sophisticated form of what they're capable of as musicians, without losing any of the experimental intrigue. I find that Bugs in Amber is best enjoyed through headphones, as there's a lot going on that might otherwise be missed. It is a bit less raucous than is All Is Yes.

As with their first album, I highly recommend Bugs In Amber as one that will engage anyone with a lively,open mind who also enjoys the type music offered by ,e.g. The Bad Plus or Polar Bear. Also producing the same type of punchy new-jazz, do check out the band called Zed-U as well.
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Not unlike Frank Zapp's stab at jazz funk in the 70,s but without Zappa's self indulent pretentions, I can actually enjoy this without turning it off half way through thingking what a pile of c--p.I would give this album five stars if it were not for the fact that OCDC by the same outfit is so much better and along with the Black Keys "Brother" possible the best album I have bought in a decade.
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By Ms. JD WALTON on 6 Jan. 2010
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We saw them at the Swanage Jazz Festival and have since acquired all their CDs. Bought this as a Christmas gift to spread the word. Go see and hear!!!
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