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Longitude by Groundtruther Groundtruther

Groundtruther is at it again - Groundtruther comprises the duo of Bobby Previte (John Zorn, Jane Ira Bloom, a plethora of recordings as a leader) and Charlie Hunter (TJ Kirk, ditto re: leader). The concept of this group is to have a "revolving" third member. This time it’s cutting-edge turntable jockey DJ Logic. It's ALL improvised, but it totally sidesteps the "let's make noise 'til an idea comes to us" and "wank" modus operandi. They lay down some deep grooves (and some rockin’ ones, as well), while all kinds o’ freaky, searing-hot soloing over top. They do some spacious "chill-out" sounds too ("South Heading"), which puts me in mind of a fantasy artist-meets-artist: The Art Ensemble of Chicago meets Brian Eno. (It could happen - Eno produced a Harold Budd album, Pavilion of Dreams, which features Marion Brown as a soloist.) There are echoes of Miles Davis’ electric period (i.e. Bitches Brew, Live-Evil for younger readers) and there are echoes of 60s instro-fuzz-rockers Davie Allan & the Arrows, the (seemingly) berserk genre-hopping of John Zorn from the distorted, pugnacious hard rock/proto-metal of Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Ten Years After. Truly, this edition of Groundtruther with DJ Logic is THE free-improv jungle/drum ‘n’ bass psych-metal groove disc of 2005 - don’t miss it!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Groundtruther Groundtruther
  • CD Title: Longitude
  • Genre: Electronica
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Thirsty Ear
  • Musicians: Hunter: electric guitar; Previte: drums, electronics; DJL: turntables/samples.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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