Starebaby by Dan Weiss.
Before listening to this, I had read that Weiss and his compatriots were examining the edge between Jazz and Heavy Metal.
Indeed, this is pretty heavy.
But, not exactly “Metal”. Or, if it is Metal, it is very eclectic Metal.
In any case, many of the tracks remind me more of King Crimson than anything else. I guess, another band that explored the edges of Prog, Metal, and Jazz.
Trevor Dunn and Dan Weiss, Bass and Drums, are often channeling what sounds like Discipline era Crimson. While Ben Monder is a bit more eclectic. I’m going to say, more early years Robert Fripp, than later. Plus, two keyboardists, Matt Mitchell and Craig Taborn. Though, their keyboarding is fairly sparse. No banks of lush chords.
But it isn’t particularly “Jazz”. Very little of what I consider Jazz idioms or Forms show up. The odd fusion chord change is about it for the Jazz content on this release.
If you enjoy, say, Nels Cline Singers, or the aforementioned King Crimson, you will probably enjoy this.
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