Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Exciting Trio - In Chicago there is Willy (C)

This album was a birthday gift from my father and I had no idea what to expect from it. I decided to give ‘em a check out on their label website, where they received the eloquent description of “touching equally on jazz and post-rock” which immediately piqued my interest. From the get go, this album goes somewhere magical. It opens in a serene landscape full of bowed bass and quick arpeggiation on the guitar that bring to mind some cross of the orchestration on Venetian Snare’s Rossz Csillag Allat Született and Agalloch in their more tender moments. Of course, this isn’t good enough for the Exciting Trio, who are determined to break new and, of course, exciting grounds. Every carefully crafted piece is punctuated by a bit of classic jazz instrumentation, and free jazz dissonance that may seem unnecessary at a first glance. I think the highlights of this album are tracks like “Remembering Tokyo / The Last Alaskan” and “You’ve Got a Moustache and Everything” that feel as though Boris have re-composed Flood and accidentally left the manuscripts at the practice space of a jazz trio made up of members of Pelican who are making full use of Wes Montgomery’s spirit. The players on this album are phenomenal, making full use of their instruments as well as excellent use of effects to add many dimensions to the album. The composition is incredibly strong as well, though at times there are elements that seem unnecessary or out-of-place, and really packs a wallop. I highly recommend this album for anyone who is a fan of jazz, post-rock, experimental, or “new” music.

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