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by Rail

Heavy-Duty Post-Jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ana Crusis
5:23 album only
2. Eye
5:04 album only
3. Partners in Crime (Barrister, Barrister & Barrister)
2:37 album only
4. In Black and White
8:27 album only
5. The Secret Influence of Colors
4:24 album only
6. Interlude
0:25 album only
7:26 album only
8. When Dogs Bark
4:32 album only
9. Anyday is a Good Day for Halloween
5:41 album only
10. Soma
3:38 album only
11. Too Blue for Twilight
3:43 album only


Album Notes
Rail is four musicians, with four distinct musical voices, coming together to create a product that is equal to more than the sum of its parts. The result is a fusion of sorts, but not the typical rock-fusion associated with the 1970\'s and later. Instead, Rail is a departure from this convention in that the band draws on influences from 80\'s punk and 90\'s grunge genres. The \"fusion\" lies in the integration of these influences with avant-garde jazz vocabulary and postmodern harmonic sensibility. The material is comprised mostly of compositions written by guitarist Russ Flynn who cites groups such as the Jim Black\'s Alasnoaxis, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Cure and Dave Douglas\' Keystone as major inspirations. Rail also features dynamic reedman Andy Allen and volatile drummer Pete Negroponte. The group is rounded out with Peter Krag, who does double duty by covering bass lines in addition to establishing a chordal foundation throughout the material.



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Off the hook, onto the Rail
Jazz can be an acquired taste, but Rail are past all that. What the hell does \"post-jazz\" mean? Less overlong (tens of minutes) meandering. Well-rounded, concise saxophone and guitar-driven explorations in harmonic structure. Tons more unpredictability than something your local \"alternative\" station might play, but with no less fear at turning their amplifiers to eleven. Rail\'s tunes are less songs than they are pieces which build in intensity, morphing, contracting and expanding. Check out the heart-attack-paced, vigilante superhero theme music of \"Soma\"; the groovy thrum of \"Too Blue for Twilight\"; \"In Black & White\"\'s cozy lounge keyboarding, needled with shards and cascades of yowling guitar; or the downright unholy union of punk and jazz in \"Interlude\"\'s revved-up and cacophonous twenty-six seconds. Purists on both sides will hate them, but whatever their secret formula, they\'re absolutely smashing. The more open-minded will find a love supreme in Rail\'s energized genre blending.


Raw and yet dynamical jazz