Quiver (Hoedown Arts 912)
Composed by Trey Gunn.
Recorded: Texas, mid-2007-early 2008
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Electronic sound effects dominate KTU's "Nano," and, while it does move at nano speed, the music will only appeal to fans of music that falls in line with what is expected from the furthest end of the spectrum, as far as progressive music is concerned.
Classical music overtones can be heard in the way the subdued vocal harmonies are constructed, and, instrumentally, bells, sitar sounds, and programmed strings seem to signal an interest by the collective in Baroque music. The cut may not be as experimental as similar tracks laid down by the likes of modern composers John Cage and Philip Glass, but the tune is driving enough to sustain interest, sounding inspired the whole time while adding a depth to the rest of the group's Quiver CD. That disc is generally comprised of fusion-style musical visions and landscapes, and the recording is a great example of the reasons for the musical collaboration in the first place.
As the group is usually considered a King Crimson side project, the sonics sound not too far off from the way the group would sound without guitarists Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew, and, adequately, "Nano" rockets off on its own musical terms.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary
Tags: 2000s jazz