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Bassist Julie Slick has teamed up with guitarist Peter Alexius and Chapman Stick player Marc Mennigmann to form SAM, a progressive-rock trio that bases all their music on improvisation. They are backed up by guitarist Zaki Kiokakis and drummer Sven Kosakowski. The SAM project did a one week recording in September 2012 and released the results on an 160 minutes - 31 track album called "Another Life" and a more than 35 minutes - 5 track EP called "Yet Another Life".

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SAM (SLICK ALEXIUS MENNIGMANN) Another Life album cover 3.91 | 4 ratings
Another Life
Jazz Related Rock 2013

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SAM (SLICK ALEXIUS MENNIGMANN) Yet Another Life album cover 3.57 | 4 ratings
Yet Another Life
Jazz Related Rock 2013

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SAM (SLICK ALEXIUS MENNIGMANN) Another Life

Album · 2013 · Jazz Related Rock
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More than forty years ago, a then unknown American jazz-rock band with a pronounced horn section debuted with a double album that mixed raw instrumental jams with artsy pop tunes - and it opened up stairways to stardom. During the following decades, some artists have tried to repeat Chicago Transit Authority's brave trick, but usually without success. The German-American trio, SAM, debuted just a few weeks ago with a double album as well - or in today's world, that means a double CD with 160 minutes of music, and it is fully improvised. What is this - a naive step or risky business?

SAM is not your typical left-field DIY homegrown enthusiasts trying to introduce the world to any sound they were able to produce out of their kitchen. German Chapman Stick player Marc Mennigmann and guitarist Peter Alexius have decades of musical experience, and American bassist Julie Slick is a member of Adrian Belew's Power trio. .

"Another Life" opens with a controlled distorted bass boosting high energy vibes which may remind you of this trio's obvious influence - 80s King Crimson music. But, very soon you will find that they are far from a KC clone. In fact, this trio's compositions are perfectly organized and framed for improvised music. They use German krautrock repetitive schemes (slightly psychedelic in moments), Fripp-Belew era King Crimson angular guitar/Stick constructions and free jazz improvisational freedom transformed via complex free-rock virtuosity to produce a unique mix (progressive free-rock?). Opposite to jamming, SAM's music sounds like a well engineered art engine, generating ideas and fulfilling them at the same time with solidity and professionalism.

Don't be afraid of the huge amount of improvised music you will need to listen to - generally this album sounds like it contains composed material, sort of a free form well organised suite. You don't know where all this started, nor what is the final target, but there is not even a short moment that sounds directionless. The fantastic thing is that during the entire 160 minutes, something is always happening, you never have a chance to become bored!

I own an expensive French Cabassi audio/hi-fi system in my car, which is almost useless most of time - its rare when music sounds really great on it. Regular radio stations broadcast music with lots of middle frequencies in the mix which sounds flat and plasticky as on any cheap mp3 player. Only rare acoustic and aerial music with clear high and low ends and great instrument separation in the sound mix creates a miracle - in a car you feel like you are in a live concert. A few weeks ago, when traveling for a longer trip, by chance I listened to the radio play early Bill Evans albums - the music sounded fantastic! I tried to play "Another Life" in my car another day - and it works!

I see this album as being the ideal companion to any advanced improvisational rock or jazz rock lover on his longer autobahn trip - and I am really going to try to listen to this album in full on my nearest planned 3-hours long trip to the seaside coming up this September. Back to the music - it sounds like a perfect product of German engineering, the musical companion to a BMW sedan, well balanced, energetic, enthusiastic, full of controlled power, reliable but not dry or pedantic at all.

SAM (SLICK ALEXIUS MENNIGMANN) Yet Another Life

EP · 2013 · Jazz Related Rock
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The use of the Chapman Stick in fusion and rock-jazz has deep roots: from the outset, former Weather Report bassist Alphonso Johnson participated in introducing the new instrument to the public. In the early 80s, bassist Tony Levin made a real revolution changing the sound of one of progressive rock's inventors, King Crimson, using the Chapman Stick for KC's first album of their fourth re-incarnation, "Discipline", and some following albums too. In fact, "Discipline" became the start where the Stick's popularity in progressive rock started growing dramatically. During the last three decades, the King Crimson side projects and works of KC-related musicians formed a specific Chapman Stick music culture in progressive instrumental music.

German multi-instrumentalist, Marc Mennigmann, started his music career as a jazz piano player, but switched to the Chapman Stick as his main instrument in the 90s. SAM is Marc's new project with German guitarist Peter Alexius and American bassist Julie Slick. In the case of this new trio, Julie is the link connecting SAM with the progressive Chapman Stick "King Crimson tradition" as she is also a member of KC guitarist Adrian Belew's Power Trio, plus you can hear KC members Pat Mastelotto and Robert Fripp on Julie's debut solo album.

So when the new trio SAM (with guest drummer Sven Kosakowski and second guitarist Zaki Kiokakis) released their debut, it was obvious what kind of music you would expect to find there. To be fully correct, SAM released two works at the same time - the 35 minute long EP "Yet Another Life", and the full double CD album "Another Life". When I received both releases from Marc, I naturally started listening to the album first, but later decided that the EP is a better place to start for any newcomer.

From the very first seconds you are under low frequency attack here - rich overdriven bass sounds and stick/guitars soloing around both, drive melodies and grooves ahead as if their lives depend on it. Being 100% improvised, the music is surprisingly tuneful and structured. It's not just jamming, or only calculated KonstruKtions - but something in between. If Julie's bass is more a rock instrument here, Marc's Stick is a real improvisational one. Being more in the style of Gordian Knot than the Tony Levin band, this music could be placed somewhere on the heavy end of the improvisational rock shelf.

First - by mistake - I started listening to the MP3 version of the EP, but after switching to FLAC I realized the full bass sound power and richness here. If you enjoy Cynic or Liquid Tension Experiment, you most probably will like this small album as well. And - the trio's full album (31 tracks, 160 minutes of music!) is quite a different beast, so you can hear a different side of SAM on this release as well.

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