CD Elevator Music [Trby Trio] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 867669),
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Elevator Music [Trby Trio] [CD] [1 disc]
1. Rhythm, Pt. 1, The
2. Universal Love - (featuring Marcus Begg)
3. New Music
4. Runnin' - (featuring Wunmi)
5. Jaleo - (featuring Concha Buika)
6. Alegre 2003 - (featuring Marcia Montez)
7. Festa, A
8. Make a Move - (featuring Wunmi)
9. Go Go, A
10. Bad Luck - (featuring Joseph Malik)
11. Lover Uncovered - (featuring Marcus Begg)
12. Swingin' Feel, The
15. Rhythm, Pt. 2, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 140
Christian Prommer; Roland Appel; Daniel "Gucciman" Klein; Tom Peschel
Truby Trio: Rainer Truby, Roland Appel, Christian Prommer.
Additional personnel includes: Marcus Begg, Wunmi, Concha Buika, Joseph Malik, Marcia Montez (vocals).
Producers: Roland Appel, Christian Prommer.
Personnel: Concha Buika, Marcia Montez, Joseph Malik, Marcus Begg, Wunmi (vocals); Michael Mettke (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano); Mark Sidney Mller, Martin Kursawe (guitar); Don Freeman (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Myabi Sudo (Fender Rhodes piano); Toni Nirschl (mini-Moog synthesizer); Mike T. (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Christian Prommer; Roland Appel.
Recording information: Downhill Studio, Munich, Germany; Flamingo Discos; Palmanova Studio, Palma de Mallorca; The Fauna Lab, Munich, Germany.
Photographer: Frederike Helwig.
Any Compost act willing to title a debut album Elevator Music is either being self-deprecating or not very smart -- unless, of course, the title references an aim to lift the listener's spirits. Regardless, it's a dicey move, and since Elevator Music is an album released on Compost, there's bound to be at least a couple moments that are deserving of such a categorization. This is no exception, but there's room for a little bit of everything throughout the course of this extremely lengthy album, whether one is talking about levels of quality or stylistic shifts. This full-length from Rainer Trby and company has been a long time coming, evidenced by the inclusion of the 1999 single "A Go Go" and an update of the similarly dusty "Alegre." In a sense, it's unfortunate this album came so late, since dance albums with heavy-handed Brazilian fusioneering had become such a beyond-tiresome thing by 2003. Some of this material originated before the overload, so it's hard to knock them for it, even though -- as prominent, established figureheads of the scene -- they were partly responsible for the glut. Besides, there's more to the album than that. "Universal Love," with a big fat swipe from L.T.D.'s Mizells-produced "Love to the World," sets the breezy, carefree tone that drifts throughout the album. "Runnin'," one of two tracks featuring vocalist Wunmi (see also Bugz in the Attic's "Zombie"), is a particularly breathless Afro-beat/broken-beat hybrid. Like a lot of its peers, Trby Trio is too anxious to show off all the group's facets on one disc. The best moments here are in danger of being washed out by the sheer quantity of content, a fair portion of which fails to stimulate. ~ Andy Kellman
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