The Jinx Motive

The Jinx Motive

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With a sound reminiscent of fellow New Englanders the Slip, the Jinx Motive are a typically schooled fusion trio -- softly melodic bass parts by Jordan Scannella melding with John Howland, Jr.'s warm, hollow-bodied guitar sounds over highly sensitive drumming by Brad Harbidge. The album was recorded in two sessions -- one in December 1999, shortly after the band got together and before they had even played their first gig, and another session in August 2000, after the band had a couple of seasons of playing under their belt. On about half of the disc, the band utilizes guests: violinist Kip Jones on four tracks and alto saxophonist Chris Carbajal on two. Jones' addition on such songs as "Twisted" works best stylistically when he takes the country fiddle approach over the classically influenced fusion one, lending an air of uninhibited enthusiasm to the proceedings. Mostly, though, the band works their best when they are allowed to be a trio, alone in their musical dialogue. For instance, on "San Leandro," the band is allowed to engage in some extremely quiet, reactive playing that wouldn't be possible if they were trying to accommodate a lead voice. At their best, Howland and Scannella slip easily back and forth between rhythm and lead, creating a nicely ambiguous tonal field where the Jinx Motive play their best.

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