Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, Nels Cline, Music From The Early 21st Century, RareNoise

Some of the lead-off tracks from Music From The Early 21st Century were great. But listening to it all through however is a different, patchier, experience. While the album has...

Published: 18 Mar 2020. Updated: 12 days.

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Some of the lead-off tracks from Music From The Early 21st Century were great. But listening to it all through however is a different, patchier, experience. While the album has some great moments I am not sure if it is altogether a satisfying experience overall. Take the overall organ solo on 'The New Weird': yes it hooks you in but then what…?

Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline have combined to write all the music and maybe the tunes work better as a journey rather than prove capable of building up that ultimate sense of arrival.

All three are star leaders in their own right and yes certainly exude rapport on this prog/free organ-guitar-drums outing. But the trajectories of the tunes are often too loose and rambling.

Recorded live on a US tour last year in east coast places such as Quinn's in Beacon, New York state, described online as a ''low-key hangout with an old-timey vibe offering Japanese fare, craft beer & a lineup of live music'' it is also certainly authentic, again a plus.

Maybe I'm just being too picky about the overall experience. Still, there's a nagging feeling of wanting more here and not finding enough of it beyond a few tracks. I drifted off towards the end against my better instincts but nonetheless was not gripped enough to stick around. Being there might have been tons better. SG

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