December 24, 2009

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Garage á Trois, Power Patriot
Royal Potato Family Records, Nov. 23

You may have heard about this, but more likely haven’t, but this is one of those super-rare instances in which, either way, there’s nothing wrong with you. This oddball trio was born during a quick one-off improvised session for Stanton Moore’s 1999 All Kooked Out album, then sailed into actual semi-fame on the strength of some New Orleans Jazzfest sets and a couple of club tours. Not really jazz for jazz-lovers, GÁT wants to be Spyro Gyra and That F—king Tank in the same album, which to most jazz heads would (if they knew who the heck That F—king Tank was, and don’t worry, you’re perfectly sane if you don’t) spell some sort of modern Mingus. Sure, but that doesn’t explain “Purgatory,” which stops all the honking, clattering and Wayne Shorter-style sax on a dime to do a sleepy rumination on Roberta Flack’s “The Closer I Get To You.” “Fragile” sounds like the E Street Band trying to weird each other out, “Electric Door Bell Machine” like Weather Report trying to avoid some dude on the street practicing xylophone. BEWS