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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CD Review: Blind Monk Trio – coulrophobia

Bob Whittaker (tenor saxophone), Hugo Harrison (double bass) & Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Don’t’ fear them, clowns that is. The Liverpool-based Blind Monk Trio appears fearless in its direct, take-no-prisoners assault on the senses. The trio’s 2014 recording is a roller coaster fairground ride of relentless full-on tenor to swashbuckling swing time invention to manic Balkan episodes. Eight compositions – with a total running time of just short of forty minutes – serve as an accurate summation of the live experience.
Bob Whittaker’s hard-edged tenor playing is matched by the rattling poly-rhythmic drum style of the in demand Johnny Hunter and right in the middle of them is the let-me-swing double bassist Hugo Harrison. A tight rope tension is maintained throughout with several attempted break-out swing sections discouraged by a self-imposed three line whip. Titles (all written in lower case) are variously playful – empire state of mime – and quite simply curious – count backwards from ten. A tentative, exploratory tenor opening on (the lower case) set to stun! is an exception to the norm hinting at a free workout before discipline is once again imposed. All tracks are collaborative compositions with, undoubtedly, untold hours of rehearsal time devoted to honing an impressive group sound.
Those familiar with the sound of Taupe and Dead Hedge Trio will be keen to check out a trio cut from the same northern rock face.
Russell.
coulrophobia by Blind Monk Trio is available at www.blindmonktrio.com      

1 comment :

Jan Brooker said...

"Eight compositions .... serve as an accurate summation of the live experience" - sometimes good live bands find it hard to capture their sound on recordings. My view, this is the case here. In Liveerpool we're priviledged to be able to catch them 'live' regularly and in another incarnation [as Marley Chingus] with the addition of Misha Grey on keyboards [both with shifting personnel] and as the Marley Chingus Explosion with sitting-in musicians. Friday night bliss.

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