A Different Kind of Listening CD
The Good News: tight, precise ensemble chops; forays into polyrhythms and multiple meters that flow through without too much jarring and with some apparent foresight and structural consideration; adept and frequently edgy instrumental virtuosity.
The Bad News: apply the above to Rush practicing somewhere in Canada for their upcoming reunion tour.
Now there's room for all kinds of listening in this world and a lot of you folks appreciate this ilk. For you people then, by Gadfrey go get it, because it's out there to be gotten. It's solid, earnest stuff-honest. I'll have to take a pass. While I'm nowhere near the instrumentalist in terms of technique and yes-motivic inspiration-that this crew displays, I didn't feel charged up by what I heard; it became required listening. Getting to the point seemed less of a goal than seeing how many six-minute-plus meditations could be generated, and at the end what I came up with was that they could use a merciless, impatient editor. As stated earlier, there are lots of folks who think this style and modus operandi is the bee's knees, to borrow a phrase from my youth, and there's nothing actually wrong with that view. It's just not for me.