2011 release by drummer/composer Massimo. The trio made up by John Swana (EVI, Trumpet), Chico Huff (E.Bass) & Massimo (Drums, V-Drums, Keyboards), is complimented by guest musicians, Jim Ridl, Jason Shattil & Barry Sames (Keys), Shawn Q. & Daniele Pintaldi (E. Guitars), Carl Fisher (Trumpet), Elken Bask (Alto Sax), Steve Beskrone (E.Bass)
The term 'GrooveYards' is appropriate in this album, although it may seem an extraordinary paradox. In the Jazz-Fusion tradition the infinite number of possibilities offered by existing materials and forms are here presented.
The expressive musical palettes seem so simple that one is tempted to think that anyone could employ them to equal effect. Yet when one listens to the compositions, it becomes obvious that Massimo's brilliant accomplishment consisted of having developed a syntax by which the employment of this found material could be controlled. For all their independence from traditional artistic techniques and the imitation of nature, it is surprising how much stylistic unity these works evince. Let us try to define a few of the constants of this musical syntax. The most important is that Massimo's pieces, for all their strangeness, strive for overall coherence and technical plausibility. The music here require a redefinition of categories, since the fabrication of such expression is bound up with a completely innovative notion of tradition. But enough with this simple talk.
Besides Massimo surreal approach to composition, the word "quirky", and sometimes "humorous" surface. This collection of tunes are well put together and arranged, and once again Massimo has surrounded himself with top notch musicians laying down excellent performances. Four of the twelve tracks on this project (Brewing Bitches, GrooveYards, Bring On The Noise and Looney Tune) are practically studio jams making them adventurous more than those produced.
At the end, Massimo "GrooveYards it's decidedly different, but VERY entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.
1. Brewing Bitches (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
2. Pericies (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
3. A Mark of Love (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
4. Temporary Reality (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
5. The Awakening
6. Unknown Complexity
7. DayDream (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
8. Three Elements (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
9. GrooveYards (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
10. Bring on the Noise (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
11. Looney Tune
12. Minkia Expo (LISTEN TO AUDIO)