Living Daylights, 500 Pound Cat (52:51); LCQ 39353, 1998 Liquid City P.O. Box 4418 Seattle, WA 98104 Phone: 206-860-5284 Cyberhome: www.liquidcity.com The most impressive member of this excellent trio is electric bassist Arne Livingston, whose style is a high-powered mixture of Steve Swallow and Les Claypool. The very first sound on the disc is Livingston setting up a mean 5/4 groove, immediately grabbing attention with his very trebly sound and guitaristic (i.e., chordal) approach to the bass. On parts of "Garlic Press" Livingston's bass sounds like a keyboard; on "Moena," it sounds like a guitar. And on "Petunja" it sounds like a bass - a snarling, nasty, grooving bass. Yes, fear not: Livingston never lets go of the bottom. In fact, he's not afraid to employ overdubs in order to cover high and low ends of the bass spectrum. And still the band retains a live, raw, spontaneous sound. Livingston and saxophonist Jessica Lurie each contributed half of the tunes on this CD. Both have mature compositional styles and a knack for content-rich funk. Lurie's playing is at its best toward the end of "Mali Krumpiri." And drummer Dale Fanning shows off his kinetic, tasteful hipness most effectively on "Garlic Press" and "Without." The group's vamp-based improvisations can get a little repetitive, even on tunes that are relatively short. But with remarkable consistency, they combine the loose, unrehearsed feel of acoustic jazz with the ultra-funky fire of the hottest electric fusion. Quite refreshing. ~David R. Adler, 2/10/00 Tracks: 1. Spaghetti Western 2. 500 Pound Cat 3. Trauma and Discourse 4. Petunja 5. Mali Krumpiri 6. Garlic Press 7. Without 8. Code Undo 9. Moena 10. Falling Down Laughing Personnel: Jessica Lurie, alto and tenor saxophones; Arne Livingston, electric bass; Dale Fanning, drums EDITOR's NOTE: This band definitely throws down one phat groove -- I dug 'em! They will grow on ya . . .
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