No Glue's self-titled debut documents the return of the nimble rhythm section of drummer Gabe Jarrett and Stacy Starkweather, who backed Jamie Masefield in the first incarnation of his Jazz Mandolin Project. Recorded during two of the trio's earliest gigs, the disc features three extended improvisations. The sound is a step up from the JMP, both in terms of sheer edginess of the vibe and the band's internal dynamic. Starkweather and Jarrett's voices remain intact, but there's a playful aggression to their playing not entirely evident in their JMP work. The two are complemented here by Greg Matses' guitar playing, which ranges from fairly straight-ahead John Scofield-like jazz-funk excursions to MIDI-driven weirdness (often in the span of several minutes). Practically each moment on this disc is a joy to listen to if only for the sheer communication evident between the musicians. However, there is little holding the improvisations themselves together. There isn't much apparent progression within the pieces, or even from track to track. The dense music in intelligent enough to remain interesting, for the most part.
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AllMusic Review by Jesse Jarnow