Pocket

Pocket

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There are two things to look at regarding Pocket's debut CD. First is the music: a marvelous new take on surf rock, a genuine transposition of the California beaches to the British coast. Second is the context: Guitarist John Bisset is best (un)known for his work as a cutting-edge free improvisor, member of the London Improvisers Orchestra and the London Electric Guitar Orchestra (LEGO). Furthermore, this album came out on his own label, 2:13 Music, tied to the avant-garde music club by the same name. And what other surf music group thanks musicians like Charles Hayward, Rhodri Davies, or Clive Bell in its liner notes? If you land on this CD by chance, go on and explore the label's catalog -- this may be the best stroke of luck you had. If you are already a follower of Bisset's activities, you may find Pocket perplexing -- for the first 30 seconds or so. Afterwards there is simply no way to resist. These 12 little instrumental numbers are toe-tapping, ankle-swelling tunes. Bisset and Alex Ward alternate on lead and rhythm guitars, their lines always clean and elegantly phrased. Christopher Evans and Oliv J. Picard form a tight rhythm section. Don't go thinking the music goes by without presenting some challenges. The musicians warp a few elements along the way: the guitar solo in "Wily Coyote," the chord progression in "Snap," some rhythmic figures in "Wellingtons," and arrangements in "Tumba." Yet in the end, Pocket comes down to good clean fun for the whole family. And if that is called "indulging yourself," then Mr. Bisset and his friends don't need listeners' permission to do it again.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:24
2
3:07
3
2:34
4
3:21
5
3:26
6
3:20
7
1:49
8
2:31
9
3:10
10
3:20
11
3:43
12
3:16
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