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This review is from: Knee Deep in the North Sea (Audio CD)
I have just seen this jazz group live at the Brighton festival. Who do they think they are? These four young lads have been wasting their time developing extraordinary skills in composition, instrumental dexterity, and general musical excellence when they should have been on their play-stations, or hanging around in Kevin mode, or couch-potatoing. Duh?
But the rest of us will benefit from this glorious sound. This is exciting and original jazz with nods to a wide range of musical eras. I am sure I heard bits of "Islands"-era King Crimson (when KC was a jazz band) along with the more exotic fuzzy bits of the late lamented EST.
The focus of the group is the Hang, a sort of inverted steel-drum which plays like a marimba - and provides a beautiful, hypnotic rhythm over which the sax and bass weave delicious harmonies. The drummer switches effortlessly between soft swishing brushes, to sudden bursts of hard-rock thunder. The bass-player sent tingles down the spine with some stunning (and complex) riffs - and the sax player used tape loops to build up yet more soundscapes for the band to play over.
As my "elderly" daughter (she's 27) said - "But they're only 20!".