Monday, December 10, 2012

Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Son of a Bitches Brew (Important Records, 2012)

Ironically it was Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew album that was my gateway from jam rock groups like The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers into full fledged jazz fandom. I wonder if this album could be a similar gateway to a new generation of open minded music fans. Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. are mostly well known as a Japanese psychedelic rock band and they approach their tribute from that angle. Adding "Son of a..." to the title was an interesting idea not only for the double meaning but for the idea that this album wasn’t designed to be a tribute, but rather an extension or an exploration of Davis’s classic album 40+ years on. The opening track, “Son of a Bitches Brew” is the most direct homage to the original with rippling waves of electric piano and drums, playing off against swirls of saxophone. The titles the band uses continue to nod in the direction of the electric period of Miles Davis as the music goes farther and farther away into the stratosphere. “Water Babies Kill Kill Kill” and “Theme From Violence Jack Johnson” take the music into electric guitar overdrive where the band sets up swirling hypnotic drones and then sets their sights on the cosmos. So while this wasn’t a “fusion” album per se, that might actually work to its advantage. The band clearly loves the music of Miles Davis but doesn’t feel the need to treat it with reverence. The after paying homage with the first track on this album the band goes in their own direction entirely, one that fans of progressive rock and experimental jazz may enjoy. Son of a Bitches Brew - amazon.com

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