Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CD Review: Rare Noise Records Releases New Imported Progressive Rock/Jazz Albums

Italian music label Rare Noise Records recently released two amazing instrumental albums that you would probably never knew existed. The first one is entitled "JÜ Meets Møster" and it features the Budapest-based rock trio JÜ collaborating with the Norwegian Sax icon Kjetil Møster. The music they create together feels like an eruption of King Crimson, John Coltrane and Mastadon all rolled into one. They nearly blow-out your speakers on the intense build-up of the opener "Dear Johann." Their sound is deep and dark on the low bass tones of "Bhajan" before the band locks into a progressive rock groove that allows Møster to dance all over with his boisterous jazz sounds. They look to overpower your senses with the heavy pounding of "Hassassin," before closing with the adventurous epic, "One."
Also new from Rare Noise Records is the experimental jazz-fusion trio Mole's second album entitled "RGB." It features nine songs beginning with the highly addictive "Sub-All" as pianist Mark Aanderud leads the way as bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Hernan Hecht keep pace. Things begin to get a little funky with the exciting bass groove of "Reasons," before going off the deep end with the jam session feel of "Trichromatic." The nine-minute, up-tempo movement of "Winip" is a welcome addition to this album as they keep things light and airy. The subtle, quietness of "T.Overlap" continues to build but never seems fully complete. The album closes with the very definition of jazz-fusion as the piano keys wipe your troubles away amongst an R&B back-drop of rhythm. To find out more about these two album and other from Rare Noise Records, please visit

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