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Mirth PLUS Feckless

  • 1. Pep
    2. No Name
    3. Mirth
    4. Go Free
    5. Thrive
    6. Seven
    7. Quick Pay
    8. Endless
    9. Feckless
    10. Dark Money
    11. Cumulus
    12. Airport Jail
    13. Chicago Cool
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 108

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Pavkovic

    Tricolor: Jeff Parker (guitar); Tatsu Aoki (bass); David Pavkovic (drums).
    Engineers: Bradley Parker Sparrow, Michael Krassner.
    Recorded at Truckstop Audio; Sparrow Sound Design, Chicago, Illinois.
    In the early '90s, the short-lived instrumental group the Coctails created an intriguing blend of easy listening pop and avant-rock. The Chicago trio, Tricolor, are undoubtedly familiar with the Coctails' work -- guitarist Jeff Parker, a member of both AACM and Tortoise, is part of the same general school of musicians that has infiltrated every level of the Chicago post-rock scene -- and although they don't sound that much like the Coctails, a similar aesthetic seems to be at play. Parker, drummer David Pavkovic, and bassist Tatsu Aoki have a similarly playful feel to their music, and a clear fondness for the likes of Creed Taylor's late-'60s work (the bossa nova-tinged "Seven," sounds like a tribute to Taylor's late-period albums with Wes Montgomery), and the occasionally twee moments of the West Coast cool school. Not at all a visionary or exploratory record -- and anyone looking for the wilder free improv side of Atavistic had best look elsewhere -- Mirth + Feckless is coolly entertaining, effortlessly melodic pop-jazz, with just enough spikiness to stay out of the easy listening bins. ~ Stewart Mason

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (2/00, p.94) - 4 out of 5 - "...a session well worth the wait it turned out to be. [Jeff] Parker's guitar styles are multifaceted and always interesting ....a well-played and compelling release."
    The Wire (1/00, p.101) - "...consistently hits the spot with tastefully subdued licks. Tatsu Aoki...David Pavkovic...display comparably precise judgement across a series of wry, understated pieces."
    CMJ (12/27/99, pp.21-2) - "...[their] lean, thoroughly modern jazz is a natural, slightly skronky, semi-acoustic ideal soundtrack to everything from thinking to cooking to that post-coital cigarette."
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