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(68 min, Luna Negra Records)
Already after a few listens to this album of "outtakes, unreleased live tracks and parts of the jams recorded during the rehearsals" it becomes obvious that Banda Elastica is probably one of the best North American bands playing RIO-tinged Jazz Rock with distinct influences from Brass Rock, and also with certain free jazz tendencies. There are some 20 tracks on the CD, though a few of them are just short snatches. Most of these pieces represent totally improvisational jams with a lot of various brass (trumpets, saxophoness, trombones) and electric instruments as well, virtusic powerful drumming, etc. A few others have actually rather spacey flashes with synth and varied percussives. Overall, a fairly interesting excursion into the creative roots of one of the most exotic experimental bands.
Vitaly Menshikov: May 2, 2001
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