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West, Rich / Mayo Grout's Known Universe
Album:Mayo Grout's Known Universe Collection:Jazz
Artist:West, Rich Added:04/2009
Label:PfMENTUM 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-06-28 Pull Date:2009-08-30 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:30 Aug23 Aug9 Aug26 Jul19 Jul12 Jul5 Jul
Airplays:2211131

Recent Airplay
1.Sat, 29 Aug 09:Big D
Party at Grandma's
4.Tue, 18 Aug 09:Wedge
Jena & Gomorrah (sub)
2.Fri, 28 Aug 09:Wedge
Memory Select - Joe Maneri Edition
5.Thu, 06 Aug 09:DJ DK
The Alternatives
3.Sat, 22 Aug 09:Eme O
Music Casserole
6.Fri, 24 Jul 09:Wedge
Memory Select

Album Review
Wedge
Reviewed 2009-06-25 
A strange rock/jazz experiment that's catchy yet... out there. Rock guitar overlaid with horns and flute for a jazzy tone. "Rock" guitar meaning... well check out the solo on #2, it's like something out of a bar-band/jam-band power trio world. Yet the songs also have flute and sax in composed lines that sound classical or modern-jazzy.

Kind of a jamming feel, with rhythms you can get into and some passages of sophistication. There's a bit of a wild mood overall, but most of the tempos are in a restrained mid/fast range.

Check out the CD booklet for the Mayo Grout story, which is not as sci-fi as the pictures look like.

1- A deep, cool groove, slow and thick like molasses, with some trumpet & flute on top. Epic. Opens w/monologue in a gravely Tom Waits voice for about 3 minutes, which comes back around -6:30. After -4:30, a more full sound, slowly jazzy.
2- Midtempo riffing, a steady hard beat w/lowdown guitar solo
3- Faux loungy vocal, lyrical random silliness. Floating, open-aired stretches with sax and flute, midtempo, languid
4- "Boonga-boonga" voice chant. Bursts into a strident, jazzy riff. Upbeat, exploratory, multi-phased
5- A mid/fast breeziness, after some whistling and military snare drum
6- Gets into a nice digging groove.
7- Starts slow and spare but gets into a robust free jam behind a good rhythm.

Track Listing
1.I'm A Cockroach; Adapt, Adapt - Part 1 4.Newness
2.Short I Am 5.I'm A Cockroach; Adapt, Adapt - Part 2
3.On Her Wrists She Wore Her Interest 6.Five Lane Paradise
 7.Es-I