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3 stars Norwegian jamming Jazz-Rock/Prog trio.The formation of the band was an idea of drummer Torstein Lofthus and bassist Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen,who called Stale Storløkken to contribute on keyboard duties.Only two rehearsals were enough for the trio to decided to move on in a more stable basis,so Elephant9 was born.After some gigs they entered the studio to record their debut ''Dodovoodoo'', released finally on the Oslo-based label Rune Grammofon.

The album presents a band full of energy,creativity but also an improvisation mood but with a very tight and unique playing.''Dodovoodoo'' sees Storløkken delivering double keyboard attacks,often surrounding his jazzy dominant electric piano with obscure synth work.He also uses the Hammond organ in a frenetic way,reminding of the 70's, when a young KEITH EMERSON was torturing his own Hammond on stage.Impressive performance to say the least,accompanied by a poweful and dynamic drummer and a strong bass player playing fast and furious bass lines,this one must be one of the most dynamic rhythm sections ever.The influences are many,from the jazzier and more improvisational side of E.L.P. to the abstract offering of Canterbury bands like THE SOFT MACHINE or HATFIELD AND THE NORTH.Additionally the album contains also some spacier parts with hypnotic bass lines, background synths and distinctive electric piano to make Elephant9's sound a bit more diverse.

This album contains a vast amount of music power and often sounds like a jamming session than a well-arranged effort.For the mystified of the style,this is a pure delight,though I recognize many will have a hard time absorbing all this dense energy.Still the album desreves a warm recommemdation,for this is a trio with good ideas and a very rich sound.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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