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Redefinition by Transcendental Psychology

Transcendental Psychology, a quintet of voracious, fun and swinging musicians have one thing in mind. Making music that is accessible, hard swinging and different. Redefinition is a collection of blistering and hard driving melodies guaranteed to stimulate, and excite. Exhibiting a sense of adventure, many listeners should be attracted to this great multi-dimensional band.

Searching for inner truth The Burning Question is a tune consisting of pulsating rhythms, inspired solos and pure musical gymnastics. With a deceivingly simple funk base, the tide changes into a multitude of intense solos and all out chaos. Landis's playing sounds like a man possessed. Delving deeper into the moment before Lochett's scorching guitar takes over with uncontrolled abandon. Lee and Hoodless work well as a rhythm section. Timely and precise. Lee's clean and articulate style gel beautifully.

Traces of Soca, Funk and Jazz are the hallmark of Island Of Lost Souls. Lockett and Landis shine in their determination to carry the spirit further before winding down and settling into a pensive moment, however brief. Simpatico and tightness in their playing are key elements to the success of this piece.

Lee's repetitive bass line with some carefully placed percussion from Mele welcome another funk based composition entitled Apparitions. Of note is Hoddless's precise snare work behind Lockett's probing axe. It is always amazing what can be said in only a few bars. Landis continues with the melody which eventually turns into an inspired solo. One which raises the rest of the group to a new level of acheivement. The band plays loose yet tight. Swinging all the way, Lockett is heard again only this time with more room to move and explore.

Hoodless has a chance to show off his excellent drumming skills leading Pollen into a group endeavor. Rhythms changing. Shifting harmonics. Out and out assaults from every conceivable musical angle, Landis drives hard with his wailing sax. Lockett, moving in and out, up front, and behind the melody, is having fun all the way.

Lockett's haunting organ is prevalent throughout Sticks and Ropes. Another upbeat vehicle for Landis to explore. Lee's punctual bass work, as well as a well crafted arrangement drive this tune home in a big way.

Eerily searching for something, Landis and Lockett march on together as one, before the rest of the group join in for an exercise in abstraction. Eventually grooving into a welcome swing mode Spider Tree is both satisfying and endearing.

Transcendental Psychology is an interesting band to listen to. Full of passion and driving spirit, their solos are fresh, timely, and invigorating. Arrangements, never boring. They move the listener in ways most other bands of this style can't. Playing this well as an ensemble is only achieved through years of getting to know one another etc... Their music truly is transcendental and one would guess that that is the psychology behind it.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Transcendental Psychology
  • CD Title: Redefinition
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Chromium Recordings
  • Tracks: The Burning Question, Spider Tree, Apparitions, Sticks and Ropes, Island of Lost Souls, Crooked Wisdom, Pollen, Thought Distortion, In That Skin
  • Musicians: Chris Lockett (guitar, melodica, organ, electric piano, synthesizers), Dan Landis (tenor and soprano sax), Brian Lee (electric and acoustic basses), F. Carter Hoodless (drums and Roland HC-6), Jonathan Mele (percussion)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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