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TIPOGRAPHICA

Tipographica

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.11 | 17 ratings

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slack4justice
5 stars Personally, Tipographica does many things for me. They bring back a sound similar to my favorite era of Zappa, and they bring a swing and level of interest to free jazz. Now, the free jazz elements of Tipographica are apparent but the amazing ever-switching and flowing patterns that Tipographica pull off are remeniscent of Gentle Giant in a mental hospital. Their grooves and melodies are so clear and tightly arranged as well, Tsuneo channels the spirit of Zappa better than any who have attempted. Speaking of main-man Tsuneo, on tracks like Blue Heaven Be Unsolved, he has brought back Zappa's sneering guitar lead, and beautifully executed. Now, if this sounds like plagiarism, don't be fooled, this album is like an evolution or maybe even a step-up from The Grand Wazoo, those of you who miss this and want something fresh, Tipographica is the ticket. When you have such a distinct style as this from such great influences while constantly surprising throughout the entire album...and when you have a band that plays like they can do Zappa's '74 repertoire with one hand...and when you have a drummer who makes it sound like Vinnie Colaiuta never left Zappa's group, you'll have an amazing album. This entirely instrumental album speaks in fresh new languages, continuing where many bands like Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, and Henry Cow left off, Tipographica cannot be overlooked. This debut album is phenomenal.

9.7/10

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