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Roy Powell studied piano and avant-garde composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

He first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut recording A Big Sky which was hailed as “a real bench mark in British contemporary electric jazz” by Jazz on CD. He then emigrated to Oslo, Norway where he collaborated on an album of free improvised music Holus which was described as “ an outstanding success” by Jazz Journal International.

His next release as a leader- North by Northwest featuring Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen was also a critical success as well as being selected as Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Amazon.co.uk. Solace which was released in 2003 received lavish praise including 4 stars in Downbeat.

His piece Bow Out has been performed by Oakland, Richmond, Cincinnati and Florida ballet companies His recordings have appeared in the Gramophone Jazz Good CD guide, Gramophone Classical Good CD guide, the Lord Discography, The new Grove Dictionary of Jazz as well as jazz magazines in Europe and the US and radio shows in the UK, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Holland, Scandinavia and the US.

Powell has recorded with and played concerts with many significant musicians including Art Farmer, Eddie Daniels, Jeff Berlin, Hadrian Feraud, Lorenzo Feliciati, Reggie Washington, Bobby Shew, Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Iain Ballamy, Martin France, Frode Berg, Arild Andersen, Terje Rypdal, Mike Walker, Sigurd Køhn, Jarle Vespestad, Jacob Young, Terje Gewelt, Cuong Vu, Pat Mastelotto, Joel Harrison, Dan Weiss, Nils Olav Johansen, Dominique Di Piazza, Per Mathisen, Roy Hargrove, Nils Petter Molvær and Dave Liebman amongst others.

Tooth

On their followup to their formidable self-titled debut on RareNoiseRecords in 2013, Mumpbeak again conjures up memories of vintage King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant as well as inflections of electric Miles on Tooth. Led by the innovative keyboardist-composer and Oslo-based UK expatriate Roy Powell, whose other RareNoise output includes releases by Interstatic and Naked Truth, and featuring bassist and longtime collaborator Lorenzo Feliciati (Powell’s bandmate in Naked Truth who has also released the solo albums Frequent Flyer and KOI on RareNoise), this new edition of the prog-rock-jazz power trio showcases the remarkable Norwegian drummer Torstein Lofthus, who is also a member of the avant garde group Shining and the psychedelic prog-rock-jazz trio Elephant 9.

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Together this like-minded triumvirate travels from slamming, intricately executed vehicles like “Boot,” “Cot” and “Brick” to more atmospheric soundscapes like “Slip” and “Caboose” to the explosive free jazz jam on “Stone.” Says the leader of the group’s blend of discipline and highly interactive playing on display throughout Tooth: “It´s just a case of having three like-minded musicians in the studio playing loose, off-the-cuff stuff over some semi-composed material.”

As he did on Mumpbeak, Powell again explores the sounds of his heavily-effected, guitar-sounding clavinet throughout Tooth. “I play a stock Hohner E7 clavinet into a series of guitar effects pedals going into a Fender valve amp,” explains the keyboardist, whose debut as a leader was 1994’s A Big Sky.

“Over the years I have become less interested in stock electric piano or Hammond organ or acoustic piano sounds. So one day when I was playing my clav at home I thought I would max the guitar aspect of the instrument and see where it would take me.”

Those ambitious experiments led to Mumpbeak and now Tooth, which prominently features Powell’s souped-up clavinet while also utilizing a few of his other trusty keyboards in the mix. “The use of Hammond organ and Moog synth are just to add a little variation in color,” he explains. Powell’s signature clavinet sound is in full effect on the odd-metered opener “Boot,” which introduces the powerhouse drumming of Lofthus, whose muscular, whirlwind approach to the kit sets the pace on this intricate, stop-time vehicle. “Brick” brings an element of swing into the Zappaesque proceedings while the thunderous “Saw,” fueled by Lofthus’ power-precision playing, has Powell dialing up some nasty distortion, wah-wah and whammy bar articulations on his clav. The keyboardist takes a more gentle approach with a clean clavinet sound on the more serene “Slip,” which serves as a kind of palette cleanser after the tumultuous grunge jam of “Saw.” “Cot,” with its interlocking arpeggios and muscular drumming underneath, is very Crimsonesque in its finely-executed latticework patterns. “Caboose” opens with a full four minutes of ambient washes and soundscapes executed by Powell and Feliciati, both generating mesmerizing loops, before segueing to a swinging section paced by Feliciati's insistent walking baselines and Lofthus’ loose swing factor on the kit. This nine-minute suite features Lofthus’ most explosive solo of the session. Tooth concludes with the wah-wah fueled jam “Stone,” a provocative piece clearly influenced by Miles Davis’ landmark Bitches Brew that builds from a delicate koto-like intro to a funk section to a wild free jazz blowout underscored by Lofthus’ rampaging approach to the kit.

Watch for this music to develop to another level when Mumpbeak tours Europe this summer. Until then, dig their volatile prog-rock-jazz jams on Tooth, their potent sophomore outing on RareNoise Records.

Personnell: 

Roy Powell : Hohner Clavinet, Hammond B3, Moog Little Phatty, Tubular Bells

Lorenzo Feliciati : electric bass

Torstein Lofthus : drums

 

Tracklisting: 

1. Boot

2. Brick

3. Saw

4. Slip

5. Cot

6. Caboose

7. Stone

 

Cat. No. : RNR078 (CD) / RNR078LP (BLUE VINYL)

Tooth (CD)
Tooth (CD)
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Tooth (Combo)
Tooth (Combo)
£19.99
Tooth (Single LP)
Tooth (Single LP)
£13.99
Tooth (Download - FLAC)
Tooth (Download - FLAC)
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Tooth (Download - HD FLAC)
Tooth (Download - HD FLAC)
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Tooth (Download - MP3)
Tooth (Download - MP3)
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Mumpbeak

English-born but norwegian resident pianist/keyboard player/organist Roy Powell, whose recent releases on RareNoiseRecords count two full length albums with Naked Truth (with Lorenzo Feliciati and Pat Mastelotto) and his organ trio InterStatic with Jacob Young and Jarle Vespestad, creates astonishing near-symphonic progressive rock-fuelled compositions in MUMPBEAK.

Using a heavily modified set of pedals and a Hohner Clavinet, he successfully fuses the sound and textures of organ, keyboards and touch-guitar into a dark, relentless sonic maelstroem, at times reminiscent of King Crimson, Rush and Stickmen. He is supported in this endeavour by a four magnificent bass players, Bill Laswell, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Lorenzo Feliciati and Tony Levin, all overdubbed by Laswell himself and by master King Crimson and Naked Truth drummer Pat Mastelotto.

Thick and fast microtonal keyboard streams dance and wrestle with babelic bass voicings carried forward by relentless grooves and oblique drum fills; odd time signatures so typical of Progressive rock are here coated by an unheard-of gluttonous lick of bass, as they dance to the tune of and in support of the wonderful keyboard (guitar-like) melodic lines.

This album, recorded in Norway and New Jersey and mixed by Bill Laswell in New Jersey, marks the first time Bill Laswell can be heard playing with King Crimson alumni Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto.

Mumpbeak (Combo)
Mumpbeak (Combo)
£19.99
Mumpbeak (Download - FLAC)
Mumpbeak (Download - FLAC)
£5.49
Mumpbeak (Download - HD FLAC)
Mumpbeak (Download - HD FLAC)
£9.99
Mumpbeak (Download - MP3)
Mumpbeak (Download - MP3)
£3.49
Mumpbeak (Single LP)
Mumpbeak (Single LP)
£13.99