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Manifest Density

by Moraine

An omnivorous instrumental quintet whose expansive original repertoire spans avant-rock, out-jazz, deconstructed Chinese traditional music, and the unclassifiable.
Genre: Rock: Avant-Prog
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Save The Yuppie Breeding Grounds
4:12 $0.99
2. Ephebus Amoebus
4:54 $0.99
3. Nacho Sunset
4:28 $0.99
4. $9 Pay-Per-View Lifetime TV Movie
5:51 $0.99
5. Manifest Density
3:55 $0.99
6. Uncle Tang's Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
4:01 $0.99
7. Disillusioned Avatar
5:14 $0.99
8. Kuru
5:02 $0.99
9. Revenge Grandmother
5:10 $0.99
10. Staggerin'
4:41 $0.99
11. Middlebräu
6:46 $0.99
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You could describe the output of this towering electric string quartet-plus-drums as “heavy chamber music.” With its several writers and full complement of ace instrumentalists, arrayed in striking combination, Moraine achieves a coherent sound while drawing on forms ranging from math-rock to fractured bebop to Chinese folk music to unleashed, plugged-in power jazz, and more. You have to love a band that lists its influences as Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, Terje Rypdal, John Abercrombie, Oregon, Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, Dr. Nerve, traditional East Asian music, and hurdy-gurdy music. Particularly one that adds plenty of its own to that diverting mix. At the center of the sound are Dennis Rea’s stellar guitar inventions. The much-praised veteran has deployed fierce, elusive imagination to build on decades of engagement with countless musical styles of multiple regions of the globe. He creates a dynamic, lyrical, enigmatic blend of modern jazz, boundary-pushing rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions. In other contexts – stay tuned for his next MoonJune Records’ release, Views from Chicheng Precipice – his output reflects the three years he spent in the two Chinas, where he was among the first wave of Western creative musicians to venture behind the tattered curtain of the devastating Cultural Revolution. (He is the author, in addition, of the fascinating Live at the Forbidden City: Musical Encounters in China.) On the band’s debut CD Manifest Density, Rea enjoys ideal support from all quarters in what is truly a collaborative endeavor of composition and performance: Ruth Davidson’s cello and Alicia Allen’s violin slash and singe with uncanny unity of purpose and design. Bassist Kevin Millard and drummer Jay Jaskot boast drive and thrust ideally suited to the task. All that begins to explain why Moraine has been embraced by audiences ranging from jazz aficionados to metalheads. The band squalls, sears, soars, and lilts over a novel musical terrain.



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Progressive Rock & Progressive Mdtal - E-Zine

Progressive Music with Modern Jazz, Jazz-Fusion, and Jazz-Rock with melodic lin
Moraine is a Progressive-Experimental-Jazz band based in Seattle (USA). It was formed in 2005 by veteran guitar player Dennis Rea, whose large experience as a contributor to innovative groups (like “Land”, “Stackpole”, “Axolotl”, “Earthstar”, “Eric Apoe & They”, “Ting Bu Dong”, “Han Bennink”, “Hector Zazou”, “Klaus Schulze”, “Stuart Dempster”, Chinese rock megastar “Cui Jian”, and also with members of “King Crimson”, “R.E.M.”, “Pearl Jam”, “Soundgarden”, and “Ministry”) allowed him to develop his unique style that blends modern jazz, rock, experimental music and world music. Dennis founded Moraine as an instrumental quintet, with Alicia Allen (violin), Kevin Millard (bass, baliset), Ruth Davidson (cello) and Jay Jaskot (drums). Ruth and Jay integrate the band no more, and have been replaced by Stephen Cavit (drums) and Jim DeJoie (reeds and flute). Alicia Allen, besides having worked with “Jeremy Enigk” and “Eric Apoe and They”, had already played with Jim DeJoie on “Jim DeJoie’s Safe Behind Glass” and “Dr. Fleek and his Army of Experimental Children”. Kevin Millard used to play in Seattle experimental bands (“Thornton Creek”, “The Jeunes”, “The Melody Unit”). Drummer Stephen Cavit is an Emmy Award–winning film composer, also premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Since it was born, Moraine performed in important festivals (“Seattle Artopia Festival“; “Beyond the Threshold International Dance Festival”, “Earshot Jazz”) and shared stage with international artists as “Richard Pinhas” (“Heldon”) and Finnish dancer “Mirva Mäkinen”. In 2009, Moraine released its debut album - “Manifest Density” (Moonjune Records) – which features 11 instrumental tracks. Moraine’s musicians have the common aim to save Progressive Music from clichés, and they do it, by creatively blending rhythms derived from Modern Jazz, Jazz-Fusion, and Jazz-Rock with melodic lines (mainly on guitars and violins) borrowed from Experimental Music, “RIO” Progressive style, Hurdy-Gurdy music, and Chinese Music. The resulting sonority shows influences from bands like “Univers Zéro” and “Gargantua” (on violins); “King Crimson” (on the rhythmic section); “John Abercrombie” and “Mahavishnu Orchestra” (on guitars); and also from the Experimentalism of “Frank Zappa” and “Captain Beefheart”. The result is heard on the opening tracks “Save the Yuppie Breeding Grounds“ (a blend of “Univers Zéro” with Asian music) and “Ephebus Amoebus“ (with strange sinuous bass lines); and also on “Manifest Density“ (a jazz-fusion close to “Mahavishnu” style). Following the same line are “$9 Pay-per-view Lifetime TV Movie“ (combining Chinese music with a jazzy background and furious dissonances) and the closing track “Middlebräu“ (probably the most orthodox Progressive track of this album, marked by a groovy bass and the jazz-rock vein of “Mahavishnu Orchestra”). Two of my favorite tracks - “Uncle Tang’s Cabinet of Dr. Calligari“ and “Revenge Grandemother“- feature a spooky atmosphere that is clearly influenced by “Art Zoyd”, “Univers Zéro” and “Gargantua”. Also among my favorites is “Kuru“, a jazz-rock with a heavier verve that approaches it to bands like “Dr. Nerve” and “The Wrong Object“. The sad and minimalist mood of “Disillusioned Avatar“ is similar to the work of guitarist “Terje Rypdal”. “Staggerin" (with an intro that sounds like a Broadway song, but played in an unusual key) is a homage to the irreverence of “Frank Zappa” and to the experimentalism of “Captain Beefheart”. “Nacho Sunset“ - a modern jazz piece – is the most normal track to be heard from this amazing and creative album, that should be incorporated to any serious Progressive-Jazz-Fusion collection. Moraine is highly recommended for Progressive-Jazz-Fusion and “RIO” fans, specially those who love “Univers Zéro”, “King Crimson”, “Mahavishnu Orchestra”, “Zappa”, “Captain Beefheart”, “Dr. Nerve”, “Art Zoyd” and so on. Band members and collaborators involved in Moraine are: Alicia Allen – Violin; Ruth Davidson – Cello; Jay Jaskot – Drums; Kevin Millard – Bass, Baliset and Dennis Rea – Guitar. Current members: Stephen Cavit – Drums and Jim DeJoie - Reeds, Flute...