New York Electric Piano: Temple Tantrum


Temple Tantrum


New York Electric Piano


King Mystery (Buffalo Puppy Records BP56 006)

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Pat Daugherty (piano, vocals),

Deanna Kirk (vocals), Till Behler (saxes and flutes), Leon Gruenbaum (samchillian), Tim Givens (bass), Aaron Comess (drums), Mal Stein (soundscape)


Composed by Pat Daugherty


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Imagine the deep groove of The Headhunters. Now mix in a little of the intensity and weirdness of Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group. New York Electric Piano is sort of like that, minus the mind-melting electric guitar and those really awful vocals (for the truly masochistic, or even the merely interested, check out the song "Full Moon Boogie"). Bassist Tim Givens and drummer Aaron Comess lay down an insistent groove over which the rest of the band spread the funk. The secret weapon here may be Leon Gruenbaum, who plays an instrument of his own construction: the samchillian. What that is exactly is a little too technical and nerdy (I mean that in a good way) for this space, but let's just say that the fact that Gruenbaum has played with the likes of James "Blood" Ulmer, Vernon Reid, and Cyro Baptista explains a lot of about this group's sound. Or it means I haven't had enough sleep recently and am just in love with "Temple Tantrum."

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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