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The project began as an improv duo between Coltun and saxophonist Kenneth Congmon, who turns up on the opening track. But once the latter moved away for college, Coltun enlisted two classmates, guitarist Peter Tran and drummer Tom Klecker, to forge the rock-leaning sound captured on their debut. Tran is a nimble player, his leads alternately hypnotic, busy, and atmospheric, and when he locks into high-velocity unison parts with the other members, it's often giddy but almost never wanky. A restrained, slightly ambient piece such as "Moon" hangs a slow, mournful melody—by two guest players, saxophonist Andrew Landau and trombonist Kevin Downing—over flickering electronic tones, liquid bass, and what sound like backward guitar lines. The propulsive "Johnway" has a tuneful slide guitar snaking through it.
Below you can check out a couple of tracks from the album; at their Bandcamp page you can listen to the whole thing.
Harold O'Neal, Marvelous Fantasy (Smalls)
Bill Frisell, All We Are Saying . . . (Savoy Jazz)
Neil Diamond, The Bang Years 1966-1968 (Columbia/Legacy)
Joyce, Curriculum (Discobertas)
Bill Evans, New Jazz Conceptions (Riverside/OJC)