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At The Center by Meat Beat Manifesto

This recording sort of typifies the overall direction for Thirsty Ear’Recordings Blue Series sub, label. Take asymmetrical parts electronica, dub and shades of classic ‘70s style Brian Eno along with a post-modern style of cross-breeding genres, and you will have a relatively clear picture of what is happening here. Led by composer/bassist/flutist Jack Dangers - a veteran producer and contributor to the Sci-fi movie "The Matrix" - this outing features musicians who somewhat effortlessly stretch conventional musical vistas.

Peter Gordon and Dangers’ ethereal flute lines ride atop dub/funk backbeats, while Craig Taborn’s acoustic/electric keys cast a dreamlike fantasy during selected movements. Other passages include subliminal mixes, combined with spaced-out EFX and Taborn’s funky clavinet lines. Of course the booming bass patterns coupled with drummer Dave King’s ("The Bad Plus") snappy beats offer a firm yet plaint undertow for all of the futuristic type proceedings. And much of it is danceable; however Dangers’ brainchild is light-years ahead of your typical club music scenario. Essentially, the artists elevate electronica into a gala that transcends some of the mindless dance-groove stuff that lacks color and character, yet has become so prevalent these days. Ultimately, this outing has staying power. It’s the best of both worlds, where intellect and creativity seamlessly coalesce with a high, fun-factor. (Recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Meat Beat Manifesto
  • CD Title: At The Center
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
  • Musicians: Jack Dangers (bass, bass flute, bass clarinet & everything else), Peter Gordon (flute), Dave King (drums & percussion), Craig Taborn (Steinway grand piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, Hammond B3)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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