Free Jazz Blog
An unusual cover band for sure, and they shaped the guitarist's woolly compositions into a neat trio
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The collaborative Avant-jazz trio, MULTI MANSIONS, are releasing their debut album, vehicles, on Earth Day 2020 to all streaming and digital platforms. A band that started as a sonic homage to late great Avant-guitar hero Sonny Sharrock
, MULTI MANSIONS’ debut showcases a band poised to make waves with their inspired sound.Vehicles
is now available for digital pre-order on the band’s Bandcamp page where fans can stream the lead-off single, “Drum Wrecked,” a bombastic, distorted and intense piece written by Lorenz in honor of his friend Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Brain Tentacles). Some pieces on the record, such as “Issa’s Dance,” and “Sparsity” feature Fripp-esque guitar textures over freely grooving rhythmic propulsions, while others like “Outside In” or “3 Bar Tune” remind the listener of Miles Davis’ 2nd Quintet reimagined as a rock power trio. The album is rounded out by one last Lorenz original, what his bandmates have called a “classic Lorenz jam,” a contemplative and ruminative piece called “Picture Menu” that features a meditatively circular bass line and floating melodic passages.
Philly based collaborative jazz trio MULTI MANSIONS have been performing since 2017, first exploring the music of Sonny Sharrock and his late-career masterpiece Ask the Ages, then foraying into original compositions in the spirit of Sharrock and other explorative luminaries. Composed of guitarist Mike Lorenz
(Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees
), bassist Sandy Eldred
(U.S.E. Trio, Norman David
& the Eleventet), and drummer Kevin Ripley
(Kingsley Ibeneche, Triage), the trio’s sound is fiery, adventurous, free, and compelling.