Garage A Trois
Calm Down Cologne
Royal Potato Family
Garage A Trois was formed by drummer Stanton Moore, guitarist Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik in the late-90s. Since all three play in other bands, release solo records and contribute session work to all sorts of projects the original Garage trio was very quickly very fluid. Sometimes a quartet, and never ever quite a trio (since Hunter plays guitar and bass on one hybrid instrument and Skerik often plays sax one handed while adding synths and keys) the band has made a few records but this is only the second to feature the original trio. It’s also the band’s first album in pretty much a decade.
Moore is such a funky component to any group or groove for that matter. He knows how to just lay down something that is filthy and danceable. Same goes for Skerik’s way around the horn and his layering of it with weird synth lines. Hunter, too, knows funk – he’s done everything from jazz up Nirvana and Bob Marley covers to play solo, in duos, trios and quartets as either a straight-ahead jazz man or as a trick-shot guitarist bringing the deepest of pockets with him by virtue of the bass notes he grounds any of his playing in.
So the result here is a deep frenzy of jazzy funk or funk-up jazz. Recorded in one session with just a few added-after edits to smooth any cracks.
The five long instrumentals capture a variety of sounds from the opening heavy metal bebop of No Zone to the spacey, soundtrack-y squelch of The Epic, and then the short, bridging title track which is the most overtly jazz piece here. A great old sax blowing session with Hunter getting deep down into the bass work as Moore just smashes down the hi-hat, bass and snare into a big wide pocket.
From there In-A-Pro-Pro is like mid-70s Headhunters – sinewy, sticky and wonderful. And then the closer, Numinous, allows Stanton the chance to bring his New Orleans flavour/s to town.
This is a great return from the original Garage A Trois trio. A wee gem.