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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CD Review: Mole - What's The Meaning?


Mole: Mark Aanderud (pno); Hernan Hecht (dms); David Gilmore (gtr); Luri Molino (bs).
An eclectic mix of style and nationality. Two Mexicans (pno/bs), one Argie (dms) and a New Yorker on guitar.
It's, in the main, quite a restrained and genteel CD almost pastoral at times and certainly not offensive. Don't get me wrong this is no easy listening/muzak disc but one that commands attention throughout lest you miss the many delicate nuances.
Of course it isn't all laid back, ethereal sounds. There are a lot of punchy moments too with both Gilmore and Aanderud raising the tension spurred on by Hecht. Not surprisingly, given the ethnic mix there is a Latin feel to it - I can't quite put my finger on it but it's neither Bossa, Samba, Rumba, Mambo, Tango, Cha Cha, Beguine - perhaps it's a combination of all of these with a little jazz rock to stir it up!
This is one of those CDs that, with each playing more is unfolded. David Gilmore is an outstanding guitarist  - his presence raises the game without in anyway compromising the contributions of  his fellow Moles.
What's The Meaning? I don't know the answer but I'll enjoy listening to the question again!
Lance.

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