Friday, September 18, 2020

Speedball Trio - Speedball Trio [Gustaff Records Promo]

Scheduled for release via Gusstaff Records straight outta Poland on October 17th, 2k20 is the self-titled album by Speedball Trio which is described in the accompanying press release as a part of the 'new wave of Russian heavy Jazz'. Comprised of Anton Ponomarev, Sergey Bolotin and Roman Mustafin - all of which active in other local FreeJazz / Experimental Jazz outfits - the triplet caters a selection of seven cuts rolled out over the course of approx. 33 minutes, combining sax, electronics, drums / percussion and bass guitar to create a powerful tour de force which exceeds the confinements of even FreeJazz by far. From the first seconds of the opening tune aptly named "Butchershop In The Sky" the whole experience feels more like an attempt to recreate the raw untamed power and fierceness of classic NYC Hardcore with a Jazz ensemble whilst the bass guitar sticks true to the gritty, hypnotic and well funky tone we all loved in bands like Rage Against The Machine back in the early 1990s. Put those guys out on a stage amidst a line up of bands from the named genre and you're gonna see some amazingly violent moshpit action for sure.


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