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Tauk - Live At Terminal West CD (album) cover

LIVE AT TERMINAL WEST

Tauk

 

Crossover Prog

4.05 | 2 ratings

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4 stars If you are looking for prog (related) bands with a proper improv/jam background, TAUK from New York might be a good choice as well. Composed of Matt Jalbert on guitar, Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric Carter on keyboards and Isaac Teel (drums) this quartet is acting rather similar to the undisputable US flagship Umphrey's McGee (UM). Hence please forgive me, when I'm comparing sometime during the course. The TAUK gigs are offering a sophisticated fireworks of fusion, rock and funk music basically - though a bit limited one or two will throw in, while missing any vocals all the way through.

So this is an one hour extract from a 2014 live performance, recorded in Atlanta, which shows them in great condition, that's my impression. For me it's their best live setting I could listen to so far. Due to the looooongtime experience playing together, UM are celebrating every gig like a happening, with much easiness and a greater variety in style, often intensively challenging the audience. TAUK are presenting their songs more concentrated on the own interaction here, it seems.

Some excerpts are close to the studio version, some extended, featuring much playfulness, like the impressive Tumbler for example. 'Live At Terminal West' is an enjoyable affair, should be played loud preferably. Overall this is well focussed on the jazz fusion component within the sound. Hereby the musicians' interplay is undoubtedly excellent. The compositions are above average, tricky enough to satisfy a prog fan, I would say. Easy to verify while visiting their bandcamp page.

Rivertree | 4/5 |

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