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Flamethrower


  • 1. Quail
    2. Fahreheit 451
    3. Warm Marsh
    4. Antiquity
    5. Flamethrower
    6. Woman in Motion
    7. Triceptikon
    8. Lesson Earned, A
    9. Arcwled
    10. Elroy
    11. Number 9
    12. 504
    13. Tungflec Treaty, The
    14. World Has Changed, The
    15. Elray
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 521

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerBundy K Brown

    Chicago Underground Trio: Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics); Jeff Parker (guitar); Noel Kupersmith (bass, electronics); Chad Taylor (percussion).
    Producers: Steve Krasinsky, Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor, Noel Kupersmith, Budy K. Brown.
    Recorded at Riverside Studio, Chicago, Illinois on March 11-13, 2000.
    Recording information: Riverside Studio (03/11/2000-03/13/2000).
    When cornetist Rob Mazurek and percussionist Chad Taylor hired bassist Noel Kupersmith, the Chicago Underground Duo became the Chicago Underground Trio. And when guitarist Jeff Parker came on board for 2000's Flamethrower, the group became a quartet, however, it kept the name Chicago Underground Trio instead of changing its name to the Chicago Underground Quartet. Whatever the group calls itself, Flamethrower is a generally enjoyable, if imperfect, avant-garde jazz date. Outside playing is dominant, and the influence of Chicago's AACM is strong throughout the CD. Flamethrower is clearly the work of musicians who have spent a lot of time listening to AACM explorers like Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, and Muhal Richard Abrams. And like the AACM artists who have influenced them, this group tends to offer avant-garde jazz that is reflective and contemplative rather than angry or confrontational (adjectives that describe the free jazz of Charles Gayle, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and post-1964 John Coltrane). This isn't an album that one can easily absorb on the first listen, but after playing Flamethrower several times, the listener finds more and more to like about this music. Despite its imperfections, Flamethrower is worth picking up if you're an admirer of AACM-style jazz. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (8/28/00, p.29) - "...Spacious....the overall feel is moody, often non-linear and always adventurous..."
    JazzTimes (12/00, p.103) - "...Demonstrates the Underground at its cerebral best: free-floating, quietly melodic, modal-based jazz..."
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