Dec 20 2016
This is an album that’s all about conjuring up imagery. And not from a sharp, cinematic perspective, but more along the lines of the simultaneously incongruous and vague nature of dreams. Considering this is the debut of the Tyrant Lizard trio of guitarist Greg Belisle-Chi, bassist Carmen Rothwell and trumpeter Ray Larsen, it’s an impressive display of compelling atmospherics.
And while all of the album tracks serve the common purpose of constructing a single vision, the stronger tracks are those where those atmospherics are guided with a sense of direction and form. For instance, with just the slightest push, the gentlest coaxing, the trio provides opening track “Stegosaurus” and a rendition of “Shenandoah” a sense of shape and purpose, and it goes a long way to rounding those songs out. That said, the seeming randomness of “Predator Ooze” and “Fingers” cause each to convey a sense of intrigue just by way of comparison with their counterparts… additionally, they both suggest some influence of Wayne Horvitz’s particular form ambient-folk-jazz on the Seattle music scene that he shares with the trio.
An enjoyable recording that shows plenty of promise.
Your album personnel: Greg Belisle-Chi (guitar), Carmen Rothwell (bass) and Ray Larsen (trumpet).
This album is Self-Produced.
Listen to more of the album at the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Jazz from the Seattle, Washington scene.
Available at: Bandcamp