Garage a Trois
Power Patriot (Royal Potato Family)
To his credit Benevento mostly hangs back, and Skerik (or whoever’s hands are on the iTools knob) doesn’t completely clutter with the pervasive series of electronic bleeps, wheezes and drones. But Moore’s brand is certainly one of muscular, danceable funk, and when he locks with Dillon’s tinklings—at turns playful, then scorching—is when the group sounds and feels the best.
For this, Blue Note acolytes will be quite comfortable with the likes of “Dory’s Day Out” or “Dugout.” But at their essence the group tends toward the avant-garde. And when things get obstinately self-indulgent, spacey and a little busy—as on the title track and often elsewhere—it is a trip best experienced with an open mind, or at least a palm full of acid.