ALTERED STATES

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If pure musicianship is the guiding criterion, Altered States are arguably one of the greatest guitar/bass/drums trios in the history of rock, which may strike some as an overstatement but the evidence is there for anyone willing to seek out the band's Japanese label releases. The trio's music draws from a wide range of influences including progressive rock, jazz-rock, psychedelia, metal, noise rock, electronica, funk, ambient, and even country music. It should also be stated that Altered States are often purely an improvisational group, although they are also known for tightly arranged music on albums such as 1995's landmark Mosaic (featuring many guest artists) and and 1997's 6, as well as scored interludes within extended pieces (e.g, the third untitled track on 1996's 4) that take the listener by surprise; King Crimson from the Starless and Bible Black era catapulted 20 years into the future and with two decades of read more...
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ALTERED STATES Altered States album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Altered States
Jazz Related Rock 1992
ALTERED STATES Mosaic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mosaic
Jazz Related Rock 1995
ALTERED STATES 6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
6
Jazz Related Rock 1997
ALTERED STATES Plays Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Standards
Jazz Related Rock 1999
ALTERED STATES Bluffs (16 Anniversary Album) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bluffs (16 Anniversary Album)
Jazz Related Rock 2005
ALTERED STATES Bluffs II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bluffs II
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2006
ALTERED STATES Berling album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Berling
Eclectic Fusion 2020

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ALTERED STATES Altered States featuring Otomo Yoshihide ‎: Lithuania And Estonia Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Altered States featuring Otomo Yoshihide ‎: Lithuania And Estonia Live
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1994
ALTERED STATES 4 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
4
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1995
ALTERED STATES Altered States, Ned Rothenberg ‎: Cafe 9. 15 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Altered States, Ned Rothenberg ‎: Cafe 9. 15
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1996
ALTERED STATES Live In Tokyo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Tokyo
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2011

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ALTERED STATES 4

Live album · 1995 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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This album was my first purchased release by Altered States. It's a great, 50+ minute long session of nothing but improvised rock by this amazing trio. A lot of the music doesn't even sound like improvisation to me, the band members are really good together. The album is three tracks, two of which pass the 20 minute mark and one of which is just under 6. The longer tracks see the band stretching out a bit more and showing off their skills, and the shorter track is a bit more focused around some shorter themes and quirkiness. The group mixes jazzy tendencies and rock together incredibly well on this album, maybe not as much as on some other recordings, but regardless they sound comfortable playing this sort of music, like they're enjoying themselves as well.

Of the five albums I've heard so far from the group, this one is likely my second favorite - Bluffs is a far more impressive (and lengthy) show of what they can do while improvising. I'd recommend this album (and group) to fans of avant-rock and/or avant-jazz, could be a good entry point for newcomers to jazz already familiar with Japanese avant-garde music. Four stars for this one.

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