The Slip

Live Is My Jumby

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Live Is My Jumby is the first record by The Slip to capture their dynamic improvisation in mid-flight. During more than hour an of instrumental music spread over five songs, the New England based trio engages in rhythmic and melodic tag teams that vary wildly from the songs' heads and spin far away from their starting points. Though the band - and drummer Andrew Barr in specific - is more than capable of extending a jam through simple use of groove, and occasionally do, they are more apt to follow polyrhythms into the ether. Generally speaking, the band - which also includes Brad Barr on guitar and Marc Friedman on bass - will have one member hold down a steady part while the other two head off an improvised excursion. Occasionally, such as during the playful rendition of "The Lucky Dragon," the band is probably a little too cute for their own good, but the playing is so focused that it hardly matters. With few exceptions, the band's choice of sounds is utterly tasteful. There are few effects used and few conceits given to any genre. While the music might be filed with "fusion", the music is so earnest and unpretentious that it makes one hesitate to use the comparison. The result of this is a completely transparent kind of improvisation where each instrumental move is clearly traceable as the direct result of something somebody else played. It is obvious that the band is listening to each other intently. The music - especially the jams on "Wolof" and "Yellow Medicine" - is a rich example of what musicians in this strain of music (jamband jazz) are capable of.

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