MORAINE — Metamorphic Rock (review)

MORAINE — Metamorphic Rock album cover Live album · 2011 · Jazz Related Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
kev rowland
One year after their stunning debut Moraine found themselves at NEARFest, by which time the line-up had changed. Stephen Cavitt was now sat in the drum seat, but the most interesting change was the departure of cellist Ruth Davidson and the introduction of James DeJoie (baritone saxophone, flute and percussion). This has changed the dynamic of the band for the better, as they have even more depth and width than previous. The album itself contains interpretations from Dennis’s solo album ‘Views From Chicheng Precipice’, which although not released until 2010 had been recorded prior to Moraine’s debut and featured all of those who had been involved with ‘Manifest Density’ as well as James, plus of course songs from the debut plus some that have yet to be made available elsewhere.

This is fusion combined with avant-garde combined with prog combined with whatever on earth they feel like playing at the time. Although there is more improvisation with this album than with the debut, as would be expected in front of a live audience, there is still the complex control that made the debut so impressive. The use of baritone sax definitely gives the band a bottom end that previously was unavailable, and the loss of the cello is not noticed. There are times in some of the longer numbers when the guys suddenly take off and it is if they are as one, a multi-armed multi-headed being that is in total control although it may seem that anarchy is going to prevail. They can go from chaos to structure at will, and the change is so dramatic that it catches the listener off guard.

I gave the debut 5 *’s, and rightfully so, but I want to give this one more!!!! www.moonjune.com
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