Quartet with a BIG sound: some fusion, some funk, and maybe a touch of downtown NYC free-jazzing. Led by an often synthy guitar and some madcap sax/flute. Also some spoken-word-type poetry. Doesn't get super fast but packs a punch, with big energy. Tightly knit playing with moments of goofy abandon. Good stuff, even accessible.
It's a full live set, with crowd noise and stage banter intact. (Apparently they're from Philadelphia, and they were opening that night for something called Cathode Ray.)
Elliott Levin (vocals, flute, musette, saxes)
Rick Iannacone (vocals, guitars)
Steve Testa (bass)
John Testa (drums)
1- Like a crazy bazaar: aggressive "world" flute melody over nutso guitar. Then a harder, funkier jam.
2- A bluesy/funky journey; first half quiet, second half loud. Bluesy guitar with spoken word, then a jazzy flute groove. Second half is a choppier, loud attack.
3- Big fusiony feel with way-out solos.
4- Fast, crazy, short, with insane spoken word. Beefhart-like.
5- Fusiony jumble, strong air and mid/fast tempo. Kind of a paced aggression.
6- Old-fashioned jazz bounce in a funky package. Falsetto singing adds a soul touch.
7- Intense mid/fast vamp with wild, open improvising. Dedicated to Cecil Taylor, and touches on the frenzied feel of his albums. Includes three extra percussionists, including Toshi Makihara, who's a very impressive Philly musician typically found in free-improv circles.