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Modern Surfaces

  • 1. Kolbo
    2. Mermonator
    3. Catharsis
    4. Environments 1
    5. Hamentosh McFarfel
    6. Ravenna
    7. Unaware of the Sound She Was Making
    8. More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same, The
    9. Self Sacrifice
    10. Portal
    11. Feeschler
    12. Looking Glass
    13. Vertical Man
    14. What Do You Want
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76006

  • Credits
    ProducerStuart Steinhart; Stuart Steinhart; Andre White
    EngineerStuart Steinhart; Stuart Steinhart; Andre White

    Personnel includes: Stich Wynston (vocals, piano, drums); Mike Murley (saxophone); Paul Bley (piano); Geoff Young (guitar).
    Recorded at Lydian Sound, Ontario, Canada on March 1 & 8, 1998.
    Personnel: Stich Wynston (vocals, piano, drums); Geoff Young (guitar); Mike Murley (saxophone); Paul Bley (piano).
    Recording information: Lydian Sound, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada (03/01/1998-03/08/1998).
    Photographer: Ruby Woods.
    One thing is for sure: drummer Stich Wynston sports a sense of humor worth the price of admission -- at least on the short, sometimes silly, closing number "What Do You Want?" The other 13 pieces don't always hold up to sustained listening, as they vary from rock-drenched fusion to lilting melodic lines. The addition of pianist Paul Bley to the trio is a big plus, and the couple of tunes he contributes are delightfully sensitive. Elsewhere, without Bley, the trio (with Mike Murley on saxophones and Geoff Young on electric guitar) hits a few highs, but for the most part meanders in largely forgettable settings. A lack of focus, uneventful arrangements, and good, but hardly memorable soloing detract from the whole. The talent is there, and this is a pleasant recording, but it's also a somewhat disappointing one. ~ Steve Loewy

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (8/99, p.64) - "...when you get to the piano solo at track ten, 'Portal', all the fine work up to that point seems like a prelude to five minutes 25 seconds of [Paul] Bley genius."
    Down Beat (2/00, pp.76-7) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...marked by frequent unison passages of sax and guitar and a constantly shifting underlay of percussion....filled with free improvisation..."
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