Fascinating glimpse of an alternative side to the musical personality of bassist/bass guitarist Neil Charles (Anthony Braxton, Pulled by Magnets, Jonny Greenwood, Lady Blackbird, Zed-U, original Empirical) as Ben Marc rolls out here with 'Mustard' from Glass Effect hard on the heels of an EP last year. The Innovative Leisure release has a loungey jazztronica and Afrojazz relaxed feel to it that reels you in fairly instantly a country mile way from his more avant garde work. A cop-out it's not! Featured guests on the album include singer Judi Jackson on 'Give Me Time' and performance poet Joshua Idehen on 'Dark Clouds'.
Ben Marc photo: Alex Waespi