This Is Secret Music
Jonathan Townes (guitar); Alex Lacamoire (keyboards); Neal Fountain (bass); Andy Sanesi (drums); Daniel Sadownick (percussion). Producer: Jonathan Townes Engineer: Peter Karl Recorded at 5th House, Brooklyn, New York, June 14 &15 1999. This two-CD set features electric six-string bassist Neal Fountain and other New York City-based musicians for a divergent production, consisting of dark, ambient soundscapes; funk-based grooves; and free-flowing exchanges. On the opener, 'Dark,' electric guitarist Jonathan Townes pursues airy dreamscapes atop drummer Andy Sanesi's rolling tom patterns. Yet, the quintet often expounds upon impromptu notions in concert with it's effective utilization of space and intuitive call-and-response type escapades. During certain instances, the musicians coalesce in sequential fashion, amid flirtations with world music and an assortment of understated themes that provide frameworks for expansion. The band is equally capable of venturing into the red zone, especially on the piece titled 'Vapor Trailor,' which seems like a nod to jazz guitarist John Scofield's well-known, funk/groove style digressions. The artists offer a pleasant track mix as they also render briskly constructed swing vamps and climactically formulated opuses. Here, the band forsakes clutter and convolution while opting for a spacious, open-ended approach. - Glenn Astarita (Allmusic.com)
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