World of Tomorrow

III

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This third World of Tomorrow album comes in the form of a CD-R with a laser-printed booklet -- a home-looking release for a home-sounding recording. Sound quality is indeed deficient at times, but once you are aware of (and accept) these limitations, III turns out enjoyable. Made of live recordings from some of the quintet's appearances during the year 2000, including the gig at the Strange Daze Festival and the Knitting Factory, it delivers a crude but honest document. World of Tomorrow works in a peculiar field: horn-driven free rock. Entirely improvised, the group's music is nonetheless riff-based, with horn licks by trombonist Chris Morrow, trumpeter Tim Byrnes, and saxophonist Bonnie Kane complemented by the hypnotic rhythm section of Scott Prato and Cliff Ferdon. The music encompasses hot free funk when the horn section behaves like a horn section (tracks like "Straight Story" and the closing section of "Your Honor") and space rock-tinged free improv. The album begins with a couple of short, punchy numbers before diving into the freer 17-minute "Promises." Here Kane plays flute heavily altered through electronics. Delay, the space person's best friend, gets a prominent feature. The group's music has something unique to it, but at the same time take out the two extra horns and it comes back to something very close to W.O.O. Revelator, another of Kane's N.Y.C.-based outfits. World of Tomorrow deserves to record a good-sounding album to fully demonstrate what their recipe can yield. In the meantime, curious ears will have to content themselves with this lo-fi offering.

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