Happy Apple & Dave King
Please Refrain From Fronting
SSC70440
2001-08-01
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Take Wes Chandler For Instance - 5:29
You & Mattel Vs Me & Coleco - 5:32
Who Is Your Midwest Representation? - 2:59
November - 5:37
The Invasion Has Become - 5:57
A Waltz For The Few Remaining - 7:58
Homage Ritchie Valens - 5:15
Acknowledge The Ascot - 9:00
Koala Bear Wearing A T-Shirt With Your Corporate Logo - 4:04
Buffalo '98 - 13:13
Long Live Rock & Roll - 2:50

 

Musicians:
Erik Fratzke - fender bass
Michael Lewis - tenor, alto & soprano saxophones
David King - walkie talkies, drums & cymbals

Reviews:

Just imagine if drummer, Keith Moon (The Who) and bassist, Jaco Pastorious (Weather Report) were still alive and had decided to align their acute and chops heavy rhythmic wares for a modern/free jazz outing. Well, these are the far flung notions conjured up while listening to the Minneapolis-based trio, Happy Apple.

Following up the band's well-received, Body Popping, Moon Walking, Top Rocking recording, this new release proposes somewhat of an extension to the musicians' now customary high powered rhythms, swiftly executed shifts in strategy and mood-evoking themes. With, You & Mattel vs. Me & Coleco, saxophonist Michael Lewis injects Bop-ish lines into a mix consisting of the rhythm sections? reverberating undercurrents along with the trio's seamlessly rendered micro-themes. Overall, the ensemble effectively rattles your senses.

The band engages in controlled explorations via unassuming deviations, hard-rock straight four rhythms, difficult to perform time signatures and tightly coordinated arrangements, although they periodically tone the proceedings down a few notches. Besides the rather eccentric song titles, Happy Apple offers a heated mix, teeming with razor sharp soloing, whirlwind intensity and bountiful storylines. Hence, this outfit skirts the bleeding edge of modern jazz, amid a few steamy nods to progressive rock. Recommended

Glenn Astarita, All About jazz

 

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