TRITONE ASYLUM

Post-Fusion Contemporary / Fusion • United States
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TriTone Asylum is a collective of Los Angeles musicians who bring together years of experience and collaboration. The instruments at our sonic core are the electric valve instrument (EVI), keyboards guitar, electric bass, saxophone and drums.

Through our instrumentation, we have been privileged to develop our own style that relies on the careful creativity of the artists. While we cover songs by artists that we greatly admire, our original numbers are influenced by a variety of musicians from the late 60's and the 70's including Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report as well as artists from the ECM label of that era.

As founders of TriTone Asylum, Philip Topping and Peter Sepsis had envisioned the group to be an expanding collective of talented musicians.

Originally conceived in 2009 as a trio with EVI, keyboards and bass, TriTone Asylum quickly expanded into a sextet with drums, guitar and saxophone. Now, with over a dozen
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TRITONE ASYLUM A Life of Signs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Life of Signs
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2013
TRITONE ASYLUM The Hideaway Sessions album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Hideaway Sessions
Fusion 2022

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TRITONE ASYLUM The Hideaway Sessions

Album · 2022 · Fusion
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I’m not really sure how the band Tritone Asylum got their name. The tri tone is the name of the most dissonant harmony in western music. When I first heard this band name, I expected some severe avant-garde jazz of the blaring horns variety, but instead, the Asylum performs fusion that is energetic and creative, but also quite often ‘radio friendly’. This is a Los Angeles based collective led by Phil Topping and Peter Sepsis. Peter plays the bass and Phil, who was originally a trumpet player, had to switch to EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) because of an injury to his lip. They cite Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, The Brecker Brothers and Pat Metheny as influences. The performers on here are top notch, and the songs are often good too, although there are some that are better than others.

“Grasshopper”, one of the best tracks, leads things off with an ear candy melody voiced with double tracked trumpets that recall Herb Alpert, and that is a complement. There are two ballads on the album, the best of which is “The Road to Hue”, on which flute and electronic instruments blend for a nice pastoral effect. “Malawi” features Baba Sissoko, from Mali, on vocals and percussion. The song’s syncopated rhythm brings out the best in the soloists, particularly pianist Mitch Forman who builds an almost orchestral solo on top of the rhythmic foundation. The best cut for jamming is the live, “Simple”, featuring Ian Vo’s swinging tenor sax and the searing electric guitar of Andy Waddell. These are all good points, on the down side there are a couple tracks that just don’t seem to elevate as well. The EVI, (not to be confused with EVO), may be an acquired taste for some. At best, it sounds like a keyboard synthesizer, at worst it seems to have a wobbly intonation and a very wide track vibrato at times. Overall though, this is a solid fusion album that features some very top notch soloists

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