IRON KIM STYLE

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Iron Kim Style was formed in the early part of the 21st century by veteran Seattle based bassist Ryan Berg. Other members include guitarist Dennis Rea, who brings lengthy credentials in musical fields as diverse as avant-jazz, progressive rock and traditional Asian music, trumpeter Bill Jones, guitarist Thaddeus Brophy and drummer Jay Jaskot. Some of the band's influences include Oliver Messiaen, electric period Miles Davis, Terje Rypdal, John Abercrombie, hard rock, and North Korean martial music. Although much of their music is improvised, they avoid the usual clichés and create music that sounds as if it was carefully composed.
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IRON KIM STYLE Iron Kim Style

Album · 2010 · Eclectic Fusion
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Iron Kim Style is another Dennis Rea (he was part of the band Earthstar between late 70's and early 80's) project, and it looks that is one more of those projects that releases an album and die in the haze of time... Iron Kim Style (2010) was released by Moonjune Records, knowing that and knowing the label you can expect some Jazz Fusion album or something in this field, and it is!

Iron Kim Style (2010) is full of different sounds and is quite experimental in a good part of the album and tracks like 'Gibberish Falter', 'Amber Waves Of Migraine' and 'Slouchin' At The Savoy'. We also have some good tracks like 'Adrift' and 'Jack Out Of The Kims' but that's it. In generall Jazz Fusion/Experimetal albums are hard to get to me, I just can't like or even listen more than once. That's why 2 stars.

IRON KIM STYLE Iron Kim Style

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This album opens up with the syncopated drumbeat from Miles' 'Go Ahead John', which is soon joined by an ostinato bass line and echoed wah-wah trumpet. What is this, the second coming of 70s Miles Davis? Well sort of, but you get a lot more than straight up Miles derivations. Iron Kim Style also pulls influences from Terje Rypdal, Palle Mikkleborg, Don Cherry, Bill Laswell and all manner of avant-garde jazz and 70s psychedelic jazz fusion. This is one of the best jazz rock records I have heard in a while and although they sometimes recall the glory days of mid 70s fusion, Iron Kim also has enough modern European flavored nu jazz elements to not sound dated at all. This is not easy listening, many cuts are abstract and noisy, but not in the all-out way in which 60s avant-garde jazzers would try to bring down the roof. Instead, Iron Kim can also be very mysterious and subtle in their approach. Although all of this music is improvised, Kim also moves beyond the standard modal jams and takes risks with improvised chord changes that make for very interesting accidental tonalities.

Stand out tracks include the somber 'Adrift' where guest Izaak Mill's bass clarinet doubles the bass line and sounds like Bennie Maupin sitting in with Miles' Agharta ensemble with Dennis Rea providing the Pete Cosey styled double octaved reverb heavy guitar riffs. 'Jack out the Kims' features a charging Last Exit styled rhythm section that is driven by Rea's modulating thrash chord progression that recalls Husker Du's 'Land Speed Record'. While album closer 'Slouchin at the Savoy' opens with Bill Jones best 60s Miles impersonation before the band lumbers into something that sounds like Gene Krupa nodding out while still playing.

This is a good CD, and this band's potential and talent is through the roof, but I hope for their next outing they write some tunes. As good as they are at improvising, if they had some stronger material to work with they would be one of the top jazz acts happening today. Bill Jones is one of the most interesting and enjoyable trumpet players out there.

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