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TRIOSCAPES

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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TRIOSCAPES is an experimental jazz/fusion band from Greensboro, Atlanta, North Carolina (USA), started in the summer of 2011 when Dan BRIGGS (bass, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME) contacted Walter FANCOURT (Tenor Saxophone/Flute, CASUAL CURIOUS, BRAND NEW LIFE) and Matt LYNCH (Drums/Electronics, EYRIS) about working up a rendition of the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA classic ''Celestial Terrestrial Commuters'' and working on a few original ideas with the intent of playing a one-off show. However, after rehearsing the material and playing the show, finding the music demanding and fun to perform, the trio decided to continue as a group. The end of summer 2011 found them writing a few more songs and they eventually recorded their full length album in the first week of October with Jamie King in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ''Separate Realities'' was released on the 8th of May 2012 world-wide through Metal Blade Records.

TRIOSCAPES cites MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, KING CRIMSON, RETURN TO FOREVER, and FRANK ZAPPA as their influences, elements of which bands are apparent in their sound, albeit in a more heavy fusion fashion. The band is likely to appeal to both fans of jazz/fusion but also prog-metal/heavy fusion.

Biography adopted from the band's website - edited by aapatsos

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3.71 | 67 ratings
Separate Realities
2012
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Digital Dream Sequence
2014

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 Separate Realities by TRIOSCAPES album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.71 | 67 ratings

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Separate Realities
Trioscapes Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

3 stars Yes, on Separate Realities one can indeed hear quite a bit of heavy fusion and a whole lot of the "influence" by Mahavishnu Orchestra and King Crimson of a certain era.

Apart from these, I didn't hear much of anything else that would have made my ears prick up. I did notice lengthy passages that felt like John McLaughlin's outtakes; then there would be a few minutes of what sounded like post-Red Robert Fripp's exploits.

To sum up the experience ..

POSITIVES: No crude mistakes. An impressive wall of well-textured sound, for a trio. Adequate engineering. No irritating vocals :)

NEGATIVES: Too noisy and ear-heavy; not flamboyant enough for proper fusion. None of the musicians stands out. No real innovation, only a narrow range of recycled musical ideas from very long ago.

I'd give this album two stars only, but I must distinguish it somehow from let's say iamthemorning with its syrupy new age-y ethos and squeaky vocals (who I did give two stars). So, I will have to round it up to 3 stars.

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3.71 | 67 ratings

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Review by aapatsos
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4 stars Heavy, heavy, heavy fusion...

I was not surprised when this band was proposed for an addition to progressive metal; everything else is there, apart from the guitars! The trio of Briggs, Lynch and Fancourt deliver lessons on heavy progressive fusion based on a solid rhythm section and a talented saxophonist.

Here you can find anything from dynamic "blasts" of saxophone over an ever-changing, in tempos and moods, rhythm section (opening track), to free jazz patterns (Wazzlejazzlebof), and from mysterious atmospheres and oriental sounds (title track) to dark experimental passages a la King Crimson (Gemini's Descent). The band also take on Mahavishnu's ''Celestial Terrestrial Commuters'' and take it to another level, adding further improvisation.

The spotless, clear production adds extra points to the end result. There is a nice balance between straightforward improvisation (Fancourt on the leading role with the other two usually supporting) and more mellow and experimental passages, and this mixture makes the album more ''listenable'' and enjoyable, especially to those that are not fully trained in the arts of fusion (including myself). Worth of mention is the bass playing approach, which changes freely from ''slapping'' to heavy distortion, adding to this more ''metallic'' feeling. The influences from Rush (!) and King Crimson are those that do the trick for me, as does the use of some ''spacey'' themes here and there.

This is a great piece of musicianship and certainly among the highlights of the year; it should definitely appeal to fusion fans but also to prog metal/metal fusion (Panzerballet anyone?) followers.

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Trioscapes Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
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4 stars Trioscapes is one of the hottest new fusion groups that I've heard recently. Despite consisting of only a drummer, a flute/saxophone player and a bassist, this band a completely full fusion sound. They have the punk aggression of Paranoise, the wild experimentalism of Nick Didkovsky's Doctor Nerve, and the technical chops of some of fusions greatest stars.

The majority of the songs are made up of wild rhythm tracks laid down by the drummer, Matt Lynch and bassist Dan Briggs, with Walter Fancourt soloing overhead. Occasionally, there are overdubs, and at times Briggs solos on the higher notes on his bass, sounding almost like an electric guitar.

The result is both dangerous and exciting, and a sure fire member of my summer cruising rotation.

Oh, and the final track on the album appears to be an homage to the 1980's lineup of King Crimson. With the weaving of bass and sax, and sustained high bass notes imitating Fripp's soaring guitar, it's another treat.

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