Archive for February 5th, 2013

Blood Sweat & Tears “In Concert” by Saturn

February 5, 2013

Alhamdulillah kaset saya Jethro Tull ‘Minstre’ yang kemarin saya ceritakan di blog busanya lepas. Sore ini saya pulang agak sore karena kapok kemarin kehujanan bersepeda makanya sore ini tadi cepet pulang. Akibatnya saya punya waktu memasang busa tersebut dengan lem UHU. Wah seneng sekarang sudah terpasang. Selagi nanggung sudah duduk nyenuk ngulik kaset, saya sekalian mereparasi kaset Blood Sweat & Tears “In Concert” yang telah lama kasetnya lepas di ujung. Setelah dibongkar, ketahuan ternyata di bagian pin nya pada ujung kaset, di weel nya, patah. Ini kali kedua saya alami setelah sebelumnya kaset Top Oldiest rekaman Pop Discotic juga mengalami hal yang sama. Akhirnya saya kanibalkan dengan kaset hancur yang memang sudah tak terpakai, saya ambil wheelnya terus saya pasang di kaset BS&T ini. Whoaaaa….. Nimatnya melakukan reparasi kaset …..apalagi sambil mendengarkan kaset Jethro Tull yang baru saya reparasi tadi – meskipun belum jam 10 malam … ha ha ha ha ….

Dengan penuh ketelitian dan presisi tinggi lagaknya seperti aereonautical engineer berpengalaman, saya telateni tuh memasang pin di wheel yang ukurannya super duper kecil pol, hanya sepermikron dari upilnya semut … ha ha ha ha ha ha … Pokoke cilik pol lah … Setelah itu masang pitanya pun saya lakukan dengan hati-hati kayak ini barang yang saya reparasi nilainya ratusan juta ajah … Wis pokoke gaya lah … Busanya (lengkap dengan plat tipisnya) pun saya ganti baru dari kaset  yang saya kanibal tadi. Wah, ternyata paling sulit masang busanya karena berkali-kali pelat tipisnya “mengsle” (yang gak pernah bongkar kaset pasti ndak tahu apa yang saya maksud – makanya sesat baca tret ini kalau ndak pernah bongkar kaset!). Akhirnya reparasi kaset ini selesai pas beberapa menit sebelum adzan Maghrib …. Alhamdulillah …. Duh! Nimatnya mereparasi kaset …… Semoga ada kaset saya lainnya yang rusak biar saya menikmati lagi membongkar dan ngulik kaset yang ternyata bisa membuat hati ini menderita kepuasan paripurna ….biyuh biyuh …. What a life!

Kaset ini saya beli 2 Desember 1980 (32 tahun lalu lho!)

Kaset ini saya beli 2 Desember 1980 (32 tahun lalu lho!)

Ba’da Isya di masjid sebelah, saya puter kaset ini … E….. lhakadhallah ,……kok jebulnya album “live” ini sungguh menawan! Dibuka dengan intro yang tak asing lagi “What goes up must go down” dari lagu Spinning Wheel yang menunjukkan kedigdayaan adigang adigung adiguna kelompok brass rock ini. Uwediyan … Musiknya dinamis sekali! Belum lagi saat track kedua David Clayton Thomas membuka dengan celotehan ‘We’re gonna play the blues for you …” trus disertai tabuhan drum dan kemudian gitar yang ngeblus disertai alunan vokal “If I ever leave you” THET THET THET THET THET ….thek thek thek jreng jreng …!!!! WHOOOAAAAA …. Menangis qolbu ini menikmati alunan live dari lagu yang diciptakan pada tahun 1968 ini … Uwindah pol versi live dari ‘I Love You More Than You Ever Know’ ini …. Ck ck ck ck ….  Rasanya pengen ngulang lagu ini tapi tabu ah …. Hukum pertama nyetel kaset adalah: Ikuti alur pitanya. Hukum kedua: habiskan pitanya sampek pok dan tapenya bunyi CEKLEK pertanda kaset entek…. ha ha ha ha… Yo pow ra????

Lagu selanjutnya Lucretia Mack Evil juga dinamis sekali brass section nya. Singkat cerita, saya nikmati kaset ini sampe pok side A dan sekarang nyambung side B “Hi De Ho” ….. Wis pokoke malam nan indah sebelum lanjut kerja bikin laporan plus nyruput kopi tubruk panas tanpa gula …what a life! Sik yo tak nyambut gawe disik ….ben entuk duwik nggo tuku kaset bekas ….

JRENG!

Salam,

G

 

Frogg Cafe “Bateless Edge” – a review

February 5, 2013

JRENG!

Wah edan album satu ini. Tadinya saya mau lepeh karena pada saat beberapa bulan lalu saya mendengarkan hanya track pertama yang cepet bisa dicerna dan selebihnya terlalu berat sama saya alias saya kurang terbiasa menikmatinya. Namun setelah disetel beberapa kali tepatnya lebih dari lima kali, yang terjadi justru ketagihan muluk – pengen tiap hari nyetel. Bahkan pagi ini saat gowes ke tempat kerja saya senandung beberapa track dari album terakhir Frogg Cafe ini. Uwediyaaaannn!!!

Syarat menikmati album ini hanya satu: nikmati saja setiap segmen tanpa peduli arahnya atau melodinya mau kemana karena memang musiknya kebanyakan tak mengandalkan melodi. Namun jangan tanya kompisisinya … WHOOOAAA! Super duper kuat! Perpaduan kontribusi instrumen yang dibawakan oleh musisi yang anggotanya semuanya “orang sekolahan” ini memang patut diacungi jempol! Makanya tanpa ragu saya kasih nilai LIMA BINTANG POL buat album huwebat ini!

Gak percaya? Datanglah ke ProgRing #8 hari Sabtu ini (9 Feb 2013) – kalau sempet saya rip ke MP3 dan kita bisa bahas bersama betapa nggajak komposisinya. Bravo Frogg Cafe! Keep on proggin’ …!!!

Di bawah ini saya copas REVIEW PUWANJANG saya di ProgArchives dua hari lalu … Saya mereviewnya dengan rasa hati yang bersuka-ria campur decak kagum sambil memasang musiknya dalam volume kuwencenk! Puwasssss….!!!

JRENG!

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Artwork yang sederhana namun musiknya mantabz!

Artwork yang sederhana namun musiknya mantabz!

 

Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Terra Sancta (12:25)
2. Move Over I’m Driving (7:58)
3. Pasta Fazeuhl (14:02)
4. Under Wuhu Son: In the Bright Light (8:22)
5. Under Wuhu Son: Left for Dead (5:36)
6. Under Wuhu Son: Brace Against the Fall (6:15)
7. From the Fence (12:05)
8. Belgian Boogie Board (10:31)

Total time 77:14

Lyrics

Search FROGG CAFE Bateless Edge lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search FROGG CAFE Bateless Edge tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Bill Ayasse / violin, viola, mandolin, hand percussion, vocals
- Frank Camiola / electric guitar, banjo, string bass
- James Guarnieri / drums, glockenspiel, orchestral percussion
- John Lieto / trombone and bass trombone
- Nick Lieto / lead vocals, piano, keyboards, trumpet, flugelhorn
- Andrew Sussman / electric bass, cello, acoustic guitar

Guest musicians
- Sharon Ayasse / flute (3, 4, 5, 6, 8)
- Dennis Lippe / electric guitar (1, 7)
- Dee Harris / indian slide guitar, tambora (1)
- Nitim Mohan / tabla (1)
- Vessela Stoyanova / marimba (1, 4, 5, 6)
- Michael Kollmer / marimba, xylophone (3, 8)
- Jon Preddice / cello (3, 8)
- Steven Sussman / clarinet, bass clarinet (4, 5, 6, 8)
- Steve Kastikas / keyboards (4)
- Mike Kauffman / alto and tenor saxophones (8)

Releases information

CD 10T Records

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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator

5 stars It really grew on me…!

This album has been with me for quite a long time and I did not get a chance to really have a look the album in details as so many good and excellent prog albums released nowadays – so I kept delaying this one unless the first track that blew me away at first listen. The rest track was quite tough for me to understand and then i did not really get into it in detail. And now, having listened to this album for more than 6 times in its entirely I then got a final wrap up session to form my final view about this one as you have known it from the stars I put for this album. Yes, it’s definitely a masterpiece album of progressive music and I have many rationales why I say it so! Just bear with me for a second ….

As we all know that Frogg Café embryo was born in 1998 as a Frank Zappa cover band called Lumpy Gravy performing Zappa’s difficult music on Long Island and New York City. In 2000, the band was in transition and found a new beginning with the addition of percussionist James Guarnieri to the band. At this point, the band changed its name to Frogg Café and started to perform original music with a host of discernable influences in their sound such as Zappa, Yes, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Focus, Genesis, and even the more avant-garde styles. The members of this unique group are Nick Lieto (vocals, keyboards, trumpet), Steven Uh (guitars), Bill Ayasse (violin, mandolin), Andrew Sussman (bass), and James Guarnieri (drums). All of the members of Frogg Café are university trained in music.

However, it does not necessarily means that I make my final view on this album because of the members are academia rather this view is really based on my more than 38 years plus dealing with what so called progressive music as listener and big fan of the music and not as a player as I know to play prog music is really tough. This also means that I make a reasonable comparison with other albums of prog not limited on the type of music Frogg Cafe is playing – you know that kind of Zappa or even Canterbury Scene. You know why? Because Frogg Cafe music is somewhat covering many subgenres of music with probably jazz and canterbury as one of their roots. Actually, I do not really mind how you categorize Frogg Cafe’s music.

Terra Sancta (12:25) is really a mind blower as the music is really unexpectedly great from start to end! This is true as I really enjoy from the opening part which at first listen sound weird to my ears but as the music moves couple of minutes I suddenly feel like flown through with music. I might cal it something like jazz even though it’s not really because I cannot relate with any kind of music that I have ever heard it before. It’s probably Zappa is the closest comparison even though this one pushed to the next level. I really love when the music enters interlude part where it has stunning long guitar solo combined with wonderful piano work. It’s really great. I sometime forget that this is Frogg Cafe when I am in the interlude part because the guitar solo is really rocking despite unusual rhythm section using drums and solid basslines as well as piano work. It’s definitely a masterpiece track.

Unlike the opening track, this Move Over I’m Driving (7:58) is basically an instrumental track which at first listen did not impress me at all. The chief reason was that this one is lacking on melody – or maybe there is melody but somewhat it has been successfully hidden by the band. It’s really hard to capture where the music is leaning to. But when I got rid off my struggle to find the corresponding melody of this confusing arrangement – I finally enjoyed the music of this second track entirely. I enjoy ever single segment of how the brass section, piano and bass make their ways to the music – the louder I play the music the more I like it.

Pasta Fazeuhl (14:02) Now with this third track I am totally confused with the direction of this music as this one is totally different with the first two tracks. I would say this third track is somewhat an exploration of King Crimson’s Lark’s Tounge in Aspec but the band pushes the envelope harder and make it much more avant garde in nature. Oh man … I really enjoy this confusing third track even though there are repeated chords or segments but that what make this track really wonderful. I am writing this review enthusiastically as I am playing the music loud with a decent stereo set – so I’m really “into” the music of Frogg Cafe. BTW, I forgot to mention that the production quality of this album is really superb! That’s why I recommend you to play this one LOUD and you will be amazed with the subtleties of the music as it moves with your emotion.

Under Wuhu Son: In the Bright Light (8:22) starts nicely with a combined guitar (acoustic), violin, basslines for relatively long period before it enters to a very interesting part when drums enters the scene. The use of brass section makes the music is really accentuated beautifully. The vocal then enters nicely in a style that typically used by Simon and Garfunkel in ‘Scarborough Fair’. But again this band is really brilliant because the vocal line does not represent certain melody line that you can emulate until it enters the coda part which the melody is really nice. There are nice breaks with violin and guitar work. Oh really WONDERFUL!!!!

It then continue seamlessly to the second part of the epic Under Wuhu Son: Left for Dead (5:36) where you can hear a bit like progressive metal tune in its heavy riffs. This suffices to say that the music of Frogg Cafe is explorative in nature as it blends many types of musical subgenres. The use of brass section in this track is nice and it is combined with some breaks with violin worn as well as acoustic guitar. The music suddenly breaks with temporary stop of brass work and let drums and bass guitar to work in couple of seconds followed then with solo trumpet and vibraphone work – it’s really nice!

The final part of the epic Under Wuhu Son: Brace Against the Fall (6:15) starts with an ambient guitar work followed again with music with solid basslines and brass section that brings the vocal to enter. It’s an unexpected entrance of vocal, actually, but it’s really nice especially when it’s accompanied by powerful and solid bass lines. Oh man …definitely you have to have this album and I’m keen to know how you feel about it. To me this album is so greaaaaatttt …!!!

I leave it up to you to comment the remaining two long tracks “From the Fence” (12:05) and “Belgian Boogie Board” (10:31) once you get the album with you.

Overall, I really admire this band as the music is much more mature now having been releasing previous excellent albums and all of them I really enjoy them. The composition is quite unique as I think they really don’t care about creating memorable melody – indeen most of their tracks are not memorable melody-wise. Well, I think they do this by design and be it – why concerns much on melody as this is prog music man! The structure is really unique as it changes as the song moves its way from start to end with many changes of tempo. The excellent part is that even though the music is like in parts with no guiding memorable melody, the album is cohesive as whole and it has a solid structural integrity. I cannot give less than five stars for this masterpiece one! Keep on proggin’ …!

Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW

 

 

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