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Mumpbeak

It is safe to say that you have never before heard anything quite like Mumpbeak. Throbbing with intensity and a sense of mystery and searching on each track and imbued with undeniable virtuosity, this powerhouse outing is a significant extension of the prog-rock legacy established by the likes of King Crimson, Yes, EL&P, Gentle Giant and others. Fueled by the formidable yet flexible backbeats of Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Naked Truth) and grounded by the humungous fuzz bass tones of Shanir Blumenkranz (John Zorn, Abraxas), it stands as a stunning showcase for the creative keyboard manipulations of Roy Powell (Naked Truth, InterStatic), whose heavily-effected clavinet playing throughout emulates guitar gods on the order of Allan Holdsworth and Jeff Beck. Augmenting that core lineup is a cadre of low-end stars in bassists Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth), Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) and Bill Laswell, who also produced and mixed the session for RareNoise. Together they create an imposing sound that is intricately structured, in the great prog-rock tradition, though far looser and more powerfully interactive than that genre generally allows.

MUMPBEAK PERSONNEL:

Roy Powell - Hohner Clavinet + fx pedals

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz - bass

Bill Laswell - bass

Lorenzo Feliciati - bass (on "Nork")

Tony Levin - bass (on "Chain")

Pat Mastelotto - drums

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