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Eclectic Prog • United States


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Trey Gunn (Touch Guitar) and Pat Mastelotto (drums, rhythmic devices) met for a first time at Peter Gabriel's Real World studio in spring 1993. After several months touring the globe with David Sylvian and Robert Fripp they were invited into King Crimson.

In November 2002, a few months after mixing the King Crimson TPTB CD, they both stayed in a studio in Seattle and recorded some jamming material. This improvisation session was soon received as their first album under the TU name.

In April 2004 they toured Russia (live for a first time). Their gigs were mostly improvisational, and often added some other musicians participated (TU+2). Their another side-project was common band with Finnish Kluster duo (under the common name KTU).

In Los Angeles TU was joined by Iranian singer Azam Ali and Eels drummer Butch for live show. In 2007 TU joined TOOL for two shows.

Being still a side Project, these few albums recorded are really interesting evidence , containing experimental instrumental music, influenced by later King Crimson and jazz-rock as well. If not a great attraction for wide public, the albums are really interesting material for KC, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto fans.


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3.08 | 7 ratings
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2002
3.00 | 5 ratings
Thunderbird Suite (Rhythm Buddies)
2007

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3.00 | 2 ratings
Official Bootleg
2005

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 TU  by TU album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.08 | 7 ratings

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3 stars King Crimson's rhythm section's (Trey Gunn-Pat Mastelotto) debut album. A bit strange progressive instrumental rock, combining few modern progressive scene areas. Trey Gunn is great master of stick/touch bass/guitar, and he demonstrate it there in full. As well Mastelotto creates complex (sometimes with KC smell) rhythmic constructions. But - there are much more elements.

First of all, some electronic devices are presented everywhere, so in moments you just remember Squirepusher's electronic+bass recordings. Then, guys really learned enough from Fripp, so expect plenty of ambient sound all around as well. Heavy, sometimes dark, very dynamic music.

Best description will be possibly "Gunn/Mastelotto period King Crimson without soul". What doesn't mean music is plain or boring. It is nervous, experimental, but under all that rhythmical pyrotechnics it's difficult to find musical value - content , should be placed under the skin of any good music.

So -not a bad album, with some really interesting sounds, structures and rhythms, but from such category you will stay empty after you finished listening.

By the way, this TU project has its wider form - KTU ( or double duets, one of which is TU, and the other - Finnish excellent accordion/sampling duo Kluster). Believe me, same TU rhythmical pyramids added with explosive melodic accordion sound of Kimmo Pohjonnen, sound much better!

Thanks to snobb for the artist addition.

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