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Axis And Alignment by Chicago Underground Duo

A lo-fi Miles Davis Quintet? Thrill Jockey goes Columbia and Blue Note? TheCUD fuse jazz with contemporary influences and this is their seventh album -including those releases when they were augmented to a Trio, Quartet orOrchestra. Of the core duo, Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics, piano) alsoplays in Isotope 217, whereas Chad Taylor (percussion, vibraphone, guitar)has collaborated with quite a few people from Chicago's jazz ànd pop & rockscene. Bold as boppers, the duo play ambitious adventurous jazz music, yetwhat you hear is not in the same league as classic sixties jazz. It's not aswell finished, nor as fluent. It's an incomplete meal, at times. AndMazurek's cornet playing isn't always that brilliant. And still. "Microexit" is a superb moody opener with lovely vibes by Taylor, "Exponent red"is a funky Tortoise-cum-cornet, and "Access and enlightenment" is an okay,Indian-like near-mantra. "Axis And Alignment" is an interesting release forany devotee of Thrill Jockey's releases or any other kind of (Chicago)postrock to start that inevitable excursion into jazz. But then again, soare Miles Davis's "A Tribute To Jack Johnson", "On The Corner", "BitchesBrew" or "ESP" or... Or any of those classics by Coltrane, Mingus, Monk,etc. Nize but not crucial.

This review was first published on 2002-05-22 in [uzine 02.12], cf.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Chicago Underground Duo
  • CD Title: Axis And Alignment
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Musicians: Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics, piano) Chad Taylor (percussion, vibraphone, guitar)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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