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Unmistakable Evidence

by Coyote Poets of the Universe

Inventive and eclectic.awesome musicianship mixing world beats, vocals, vibrant spoken word,and adventurous jazz improvisation, we swing.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Horizonte'
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2. Sitting In the Dark
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3. Unmistakable Evidence
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4. NebrasKa
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5. Sandanista Arcane
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6. Purgatory Avenue
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7. Kaliwood
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8. The Hilltop
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9. Requiem (for Ed Martinez)
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10. Lhasa On Line 3
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11. The Wild Trees
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12. No Reply
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13. The Trilobite Song
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14. Indian Ocean
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Album Notes
Nominated for 2007 CD of the year, Vocal album of the year, and best CD art by

In the 2007 top 100 airplays, spending a month at #8, and five months on the charts.

A comet plants its seed into this embryonic earth...
We are born from the stardust...
we are outer space at birth...
Into our inner spaces...
Out from our outer faces...
The flicker of light...
in the eye of the Angel...
A figure of speech in the kingdom of silence...
We are meteors...
burning in this atmosphere...
We will shine until we drop...
We will blaze until we stop...
We will bring our love to you...
a comet in the ocean...
as perpetual motion...



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Warren Barker - Progression #51, Spring/Summer 2007

Whew! Just when you thought you’ve heard it all…
Style: World beat / Jazz --

Sound: *** Composition: *** Musicianship: ***
Performance: **** Total Rating: 13.

Led by Andy O’Leary and Gary Hoover with others adding sundry ethnic instruments, this lysergic Denver-based jam band chooses any style that strikes its fancy, sometimes creating its own.
The first four songs on Unmistakable Evidence, the band’s third offering, sound like a 4AD label house party, especially This Mortal Coil’s ‘Filigree and Shadow’. Reverb-drenched acoustic guitar with acoustic and electronic percussion clattering in support opens, followed by a slow throbbing riff with almost Middle Eastern-style wordless female vocals and male spoken word. Third up is electronica followed by a piece featuring a fretless bass workout. I thought I had them pegged!
Yeah, right. Next, they serve up a mock raga with O’Leary reciting beat poetry, sounding like Tuli Kupferberg leading a new age Fugs. Poetry accompanied by a coffeehouse vibe follows. OK, now I’ve got it.
Guess again, pal. Now I’m smack dab in the Middle East with shades of Gong. And so it goes: Get your footing, get the rug yanked out from under you. Whew! Just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

Colin Fleming - Jazz Times, June 2007

“It’s the bipolar part of town,” Unmistakable Evidence’s urbanely voiced, decidedly trippy narrator/shaman informs us on “Purgatory Avenue,” atop a rolling soundscape of token Sun Ra vamps, as though a queue of beat poets were waiting to come out and do their stuff.
Customary jazz fans—that is, anyone who tends to think of jazz in terms of idioms—won’t find much in the way of bop, free, swing or mainstream here, but there is a surplus of lounge jazz, albeit lounge jazz tweaked: elevated, even, to a series of form experiments and enigmas—how to apportion a rock groove, an Ecstasy house beat and Native American rhythmic chants (as on “Kaliwood”) so as to fit the format of what’s essentially a coffeehouse folk diversion. Heady.
One never does know when, exactly, the shaman will pop in to deliver his latest sermon, which isn’t as freely associative as you might expect, though occasionally in Spanish and rendered with what we might call lysergic energy. Or maybe just a touch of laudanum. But it’s all a send-up, a bit like Bela Lugosi booming away as a mad sage in an Ed Wood film, and sometimes hypnotic—the brass on “Requiem (For Ed Martinez)” commits to a weird, desert barcarolle, an eventually welcome intrusion on, and enhancement of, the wailing, slightly muffled female canting, as though heard from outside a densely packed adobe. A dozen performers account for the “troupe,” since, naturally, labels like “band” and “group” won’t do, and merry minstrels tend to think in terms of collectives and warm, hopeful reassurances. Hence, paeans to overlooked matters, like fossils: “I could do some trilobite poetry.” Of course you could.

Kate Klein, Music Director, KMUD, Redway, California

Earthlings! Take the trip!
Earthlings! Take the trip!

No space suit is needed, headphones recommended, for this exploration of a Gravity Free Jazz Planet with the third release from Coyote Poets of the Universe. Their latest adventure is a bold journey into the subtle countries of spoken word, ancient textures, and electronica. The Coyotes' expertise in experimenting in sound fields has produced an engaging work that transcends boundaries and retranslates the propaganda pull. This CD is Unmistakable Evidence of the sound connection between the inner and outer universes. For those on the hilltop to those sitting in the dark, time to travel without leaving home.
Engage the Poets.

Midwest Record Recap, January 10, 2007

The Colorado contingent of the jam band world has the attendant mishagass that comes from their section of the world and with their third release, they’ve chosen to define themselves as ‘eclectic Americana’. Why not? This really is a crew you can’t give a label to. Originally springing from an NPR broadcast that needed a crew that could deliver a sound that was something like the real left side of the 60’s felt like. They might have sprung from NPR, but they don’t wear the mode on their sleeve. This genre busting crew has the chops to play about anything and are a special treat for the sonic lefty looking for some sonic adventure that is close to early Zappa in spirit.

Mark Thomas, KMSU, Mankato, Minnesota

January Pick of the Month
‘The new recording by The Coyote Poets of the Universe journeys into freeform spoken word, floating in zero gravity electronica spaces. (headphones recommended)’

Tommy Hash, Ytsejam Review, April 1, 2007

Here is something interesting, like the complete polar opposite of the spectrum of what Massive Attack is. Somehow these guys do it, they fuse jam band, folk-rock, and world/ethnic rhythms to form a unique and distinct form of acoustic trip-hop, sounds impossible right, well they do it. Their technique is what makes this so interesting. With the use of acoustic instruments with delay/reverb, bending the strings, fretless bass, psychedelic/space-rock panning, narration, strange percussion, and the use of occasional electronics & samples among other elements, Coyote Poets of the Universe are able to utilize just about anything to make an instrument sound more than what it really is.

The songs on Unmistakable Evidence range from dueling guitar/bass riffs (“Nebraska”) to garage rock groove (“No Trilobite Song”) to Zappa-esque acid jazz (“Requiem”) to ethereal soundscapes (“Sitting in the Dark”) where there is this highly experimental approach throughout the record; no song is consistent. With the narration, the lyrics posses and ‘interesting’ feature, giving the music an even more cinematic scope. Coyote Poets of the Universe have created probably one of the most unique records that you will ever hear, it is according to taste, and there is no telling how eclectic their live show might be, considering how eclectic this disc is. Unmistakably strange, but strange is good.

Malcolm Campbell, author, 'The Sun Singer'

I'm sitting here at my desk with my earphones on listening to your music. I don't really want to leave, but it's 10:10 here on this sunny Georgia morning and I promised myself I would get some work done before noon. Listening to your music isn't work: it's an altered state (and a very good one).

Pete Pardo, Sea Of Tranquility, March 29, 2007

Not sure what to call Unmistable Evidence from Denver, Colorado's Coyote Poets of the Universe, a varied and at times odd amalgam of jazz, ambient, electronic, prog rock, and ethnic Native American elements. It the end, the classification is ultimately not really needed, as the end result is a pretty interesting listening experience. The band is comprised of many players who contribute guitar, kalimba, percussion, harp, koto, dumbek, recorder, bass, violin, fiddle, keyboards, and flute, but led by Denver radio show hosts Andy O'Leary (vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion) and Gary Hoover (vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion, programming). Basically a mix of jazzy and ethereal ethnic music and poetry, Unmistakable Evidence is a gentle and calming listen that takes you through many aural scenes and landscapes, like the lush fusion of "Nebraska", the Native American settings of "Sitting in the Dark", and the eerie "Purgatory Avenue". Fans of spoken word poetry over minimalist musical arrangements will probably love the few tracks that feature the poems of O'Leary, as his voice has somewhat of an intoxicating effect that kind of lulls you in while the ambient & jazz passages take hold of you. While there's nothing here on Unmistakable Evidence that's going to bowl you over and give you that "wow" effect, there are plenty of tasty bits (the fusiony bass playing is especially nice throughout) and lush passages that should appeal to fans of jazz, ambient, lite prog rock, and spoken word poetry.

Chris Twomey - Tandem / Corriere Canadese - April 29, 2007

Coyote Poets Of The Universe is a group from Denver that combines music and poetry in the tradition of Ken Nordine's "word jazz". Formed by musician Gary Hoover and poet/radio producer Andy O'Leary to make pieces for his show "JazzTales", the group has grown into a twelve person collaboration that has now recorded three CDs. Their musical vibe is loose and atmospheric, with nice fretless bass, world percussion and world-influenced backing vocals. O'Leary's spoken voice is deep like an ad man's and like Nordine he plays with both profundities and funny cultural references in the same piece. Now and then the mellow vibe is broken by quirky synths and the kind of voice sampling that Negativland does (the ufo-themed title piece "Unmistakable Evidence"), but if your bag is something eclectic and hip (as in OE50's beat territory) then check out their website or myspace page.

D. Oscar Groomes

O's Notes: Andy O'Leary and Gary Hoover are the creative genius behind Coyote Poets. Once again they dive into the supernatural zone. Unmistakable Evidence is very much an 'outer limits' type recording; it is pushing the edge. The music gets eerie at times surrounding their poetic verses on songs like "Sandanista Arcane". Listen to the words carefully to get into their groove. Liner notes suggest listening with headphones but and we did but preferred the larger more powerful sound from our B&W 800Ds! Our favorite track: "Requiem". They are sure to excite their fans with this release.