Sheeva Yoga

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Open-minded Split 4 Open-minded People a.k.a. Free-jazz vs. Hardcore

As you can see this is a four way split. The Hub and Green Beret are from America and the other two are from the Czech Republic. First up, Sheeva Yoga. They kinda lay the blueprint for the whole agenda of this release. They play silky lounge jazz with both spazzy hardcore and emo bits. It's kinda strange because instead of trying to merge the styles together, they just play different styles in chunks side by side. They play exactly like spazz then wander of the funkland, then they wig out with some dub, jazz fusion thing....it's not bad but it seems unnecessary I reckon. They also have written explanations to back-up the lyric sheet which is also unnecessary (there lyrics not essays). The last track sounds loads like Send More Paramedics......loads. The Hub have a mad pulsing, staccato sound with plenty of saxophone action. Its kinda crazy drum, bass and sax semi-improvised stuff like "The Court of the Crimson King" era Crimson but not as good (that's no diss though....its impossible). Some impressive playing. Strange yet digestible. Green Beret are kinda gothic spazz? All that little screaming voice vs big screaming voice backed by a possessed keyboard spaaaazzzz attack. Every member sings and they've all got ace names. For example....Sir Megaslam-widow-drums, Blood'n'guts'n'bass on...you guessed it.....bass! Not bad. Last up is Tres Hombres. These guys are similar to The Hub in that they have an appreciation of that jazz fusion style of playing. Bass, Drums and Sax create a quite funky elaborately structured number that is only 4:20min of a 13:21min piece. The full length is available on CD and probably wigs out proper but this isn't bad. As splits go, its OK but instead of being and open-minded split for open minded people its more like a collaboration between like minded individuals who are into Spazzy punk and kinda duff jazz fusion........of which there is already plenty. Some stuff on here i like but it's not the best release I've heard.

Reason To Believe

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