Naked Truth are Lorenzo Feliciati on bass, Pat Mastelotto on drums, Roy Powell on hammond, fender and prepared piano and Graham Haynes on electrified cornet.
This new lineup, featured on their latest RareNoiseRecords release Ouroboros, coalesced at the end of 2011 as original trumpet player Cuong Vu had left the group (replaced temporarily by Nils Petter Molvaer) after recording Shizaru, also released on RareNoiseRecords in July 2011.
Naked Truth's sound is a powerful amalgam of early 70's jazz-rock (Miles, Weather Report and RTF) and King Crimson sensitivities.
Recorded in the South Of England at the end of their 2013 European Tour, Avian Thug is the third studio album by jazz-rock ensemble Naked Truth, after Shizaru in 2011 and Ouroboros in 2012.
Avian Thug develops its themes across seven compositions, stretching from intensely furious electric jazz cavalcades, whose ancestry can be traced back both to Miles’ electric work but also more recent European progressive jazz and progressive rock, to extended soundscapes, whose colors are reminiscent of the work of Jon Hassell or Nils Petter Molvaer.
Naked Truth’s music was always recognizable as erupting from a magmatic cauldron of inventions; with Avian Thug it reaches a new maturity where instrumental prowess and poetic insight are tightly knit into a vigorous but balanced weave of form and substance.
Ouroboros is Naked Truth's second release for RareNoiseRecords - Recorded in part in Bill Laswell's studio in Orange under the watchful eye of engineer James Dellatacoma, produced by Lorenzo Feliciati and mixed by Bill Laswell, Ouroborose sees the wonderful Graham Haynes replacing Cuong Vu on Cornet, as the band, formed by Lorenzo Feliciati on bass, Roy Powell (of InterStatic) on Hammond, Fender Rhodes and prepared piano and Pat Mastelotto (of Stickmen and King Crimson) on acoustic and electronic percussion.
Ouroboros gains in intensity compared to its predecessor whilst maintaining its musicality. The result is a mindblowing trip through jazz-rock, psychedelia and electric jazz, ideally bridging the worlds of 70's Miles Davis and King Crimson.
"An impressive and brilliant release" Prog
"Una colata lavica di suoni" Blow Up
"Uno dei gruppi strumentali piu' potenti ed originali della scena contemporanea internazionale" Rumore
"Attimi di puro rapimento estatico" RockeRilla
"Una band in ottima forma" SentireAscoltare
"Ottimo" AAJ Italia
"It's rare to hear a collective that reeks of influences yet somehow manages to be original" Downbeat
"Through the noise and madness there is beauty" The Acquarian
"This is post-Miles music of high drama, high volume" Jazzwise
Shizaru, a.k.a. the fourth confucian Monkey that "does no evil" is the title of the first album by Naked Truth for RareNoiseRecords.
The band was created and produced by Italian bassmeister Lorenzo Feliciati (who also released his solo Frequent Flyer with RareNoise) and on this recording sees Roy Powell on Hammond, Fender and Prepared Piano, Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic percussion and Cuong Vu (of the Pat Metheny Group) on horn.
Naked Truth fluently speaks the idioms of 70's electric jazz, early jazz-rock and King Crimson-esque progressive rock with colourful and idiosyncratic expression of musicality.
"It all makes sense and it always works" Prog
"Dazzles and Startles" Jazzwise
"Covering quite a bit of ground in its 40-minute runtime, Shizaru contains a unique blend of tripped out, ambient jazz, capable of whipping up into a whirlwind of funk and thrash" AllAboutJazz
"Whoever came up with the fan- and serious musician-friendly melodic lines strengthening throughout these rocking, haunting grooves, is an off his rocker prophet" The Examiner
"Tenebrous and exploratory, melding mind bending jazz improv with a gritty, muscular rock edge" Record Collector
"Si presenta in maniera ottimale" Rumore
"Quartetto Avant-Jazz che fonde mirabilmente il free, il dub, l'elettroncia" Alias