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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Naked Truth Shizaru


Naked Truth
Shizaru
Rare Noise Records


Bassist Lorenzo Feliciati has gathered an interestingly diverse mix of musicians. Cuong Vu exquisite trumpet playing has graced the likes of Pat Metheny and David Bowie, whilst UK-born but Swedish-based keyboard player Roy Powell spatters vintage-sounding Fender Rhodes and synth colours across an expansive aural canvas. Fans of King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto will instantly recognise his eclectic-sourced percussives and alsorts in addition to his signature propulsive beats.

together they fashion a wonderfully engaging hybrid space, accommodating jazz, spacey electronic-freakouts, and even the occasional caustic spray of metal-edged guitar. Sitting somewhere near to Crimson-related ProjeKcts, and Decoy-era Miles Davis rather than the PR-advertised Bitches Brew, any impression that this is likely to be a sprawling free-for-all is quickly dispelled.

Tight knots of punchy arrangements add a smart focus, prevents some oblique jam-like numbers from drifting off into a woozy altered states. Cavernous rumbles and diaphanous, misty soundscapes are interrupted by unexpectedly powerful bursts of ascending stings, often woven with yearning, lyrical themes. There’s a surprisingly melodic dimension present that is unafraid to push into over rock territories. Immediate and attention-grabbing, Shizaru effortlessly bounds beyond the obvious and predictable.


You can hear / buy this record here

12 comments:

Will said...

I was wondering what this sounded like. Thanks for the review... off I go to buy a copy.

Sid Smith said...

Hi Will,
I really like this one. You can hear some of it on that link at the bottom of the review. Let me know what you think if you buy it. Reminds me of a cross between BLUE / ProjeKcts and 80s MD - with a bit of Paul Schutze thrown in!

RareNoiseRecords said...

Thank You Mr Smith!

Sid Smith said...

Hi there Giacomo - congrats on a great release!

RareNoiseRecords said...

Thank you!

may I entice your ears a little more?

http://www.rarenoiserecords.com/jukebox

Again, kind regards

Giacomo

Will said...

Love it! I agree about the connections to B.L.U.E. (must tell you my Chris Botti story one day) and the ProjeKcts. This is one of those albums that will stay on heavy rotation.

Sid Smith said...

Hi there Will,
Glad you enjoyed it. Some great grooves and moves on it.

Will said...

Always good to hear the fretless bass being put to good use (and avoiding cliche). Pat's drumming is tremendous too.

RareNoiseRecords said...

I agree Pat's drumming is tremendous. You should have heard them in Genoa (review in Jazzwise coming up), with Nils Petter Molvaer replacing Cuong Vu on trumpet. Tremendous

Sid Smith said...

Hi there Giacomo,
sounds good. I see the latest edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog has reviewed the album as well.

RareNoiseRecords said...

Yes - CRP did review them too, and a good review it was!

Here the link to the first track played in Genoa (Faster Than ... )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E6yMTIB01A&feature=player_embedded

Regards

Giacomo

Sid Smith said...

Nice one, Giacomo!

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