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Crunch by Tronzo Granelli Epstein

If you're looking for music of the mind, this is it. It's obvious that the listener must search for deeper meaning here. There are moments that are built like classical musical structures, others that carry the blues ("Dance of the Hillbilly Robots") and some that aren't quite so clear ("Thing" themes, numbered 8, 6, 4, 12 and 2).

For whatever clarity is missing, the sincerity with which they express themselves is crystal clear. The vibe is quite different from most jazz sessions I've been exposed to. The great thing here is the mellow, pleasant progressions in each track. Though indeed trance-like, it isn't intended to bring sleep, but instead an awakening to different textures and moods. Perhaps the most unusual would be "Thing #4." While it isn't complicated overall, it's not a simple melody.

The titles are quite interesting as well, as they don't exactly spell out the meanings and intent. One could not say there was no thought here. If you allow it, your mind will be opened to join them on the journey. Suffice it to say that if you don't understand, it's still very enjoyable and entertaining. Tronzo, Granelli and Epstein have given us a definite wide range of sound on this CD.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tronzo Granelli Epstein
  • CD Title: Crunch
  • Genre: Ambient Jazz
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Love Slave Records
  • Musicians: David Tronzo (slide guitars), Peter Epstein (Saxophones), and J.A. Granelli (Basses)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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