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TRURL is the solo project of Fred SCHENDEL, multi-instrumentalist and half of the band GLASS HAMMER. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, TRURL released its first album "Do Not See Me Rabbit" as a digital download in 2011.

SCHENDEL has always been fond of inserting literary references into his music, and TRURL is no exception, being named after a character in Stanislaw Lem's humorous short story collection, "The Cyberiad" and the apparent influence of the works of Lewis Carroll on the first album. Musically, SCHENDEL departs from his work with GLASS HAMMER, leaning much more heavily towards jazz and fusion influences, while still acknowledging his debt to classic prog artists such as GENTLE GIANT and EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER.

SCHENDEL plays all the instruments for TRURL himself, including guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, drums and vocals, a feat which makes the virtuosity of the music all the more impressive. Due to it's diversity, the music of TRURL has something to off both to lovers of traditional symphonic prog as well as those who favor jazz fusion in the vein of MAHAVISHU ORCHESTRA and RETURN TO FOREVER.


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4.16 | 23 ratings
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2.00 | 1 ratings

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 un*mutual by TRURL album cover Studio Album, 2024
2.00 | 1 ratings

Trurl Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
Special Collaborator PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic

— First review of this album —
2 stars Taking a break from his long-time role as multi-instrumentalist and band leader of Glass Hammer, Fred Schendel opened the escape hatch and released himself from the confines of the world of symphonic prog and adopted the pseudonym TRURL for his first solo project in 2011. His debut release "Do Not See Me Rabbit" was a breathtaking original play on the world of jazz fusion with nods to many of the classic past masters as well as a playing ground for all his own crazy idiosyncrasies that didn't quite jive with the Glass Hammer parent band. The album featured a six part all-instrumental attack that offered some of the most dynamic and interesting moments in the entire world of jazz fusion. But then it was back to work with the main band and it seemed that the TRURL project was simply a one-off.

Well 2024 has proven to pull many rabbits out of the magician's hat with bands that nobody ever expected to hear from again suddenly emerging from nowhere and unleashing a brand-spankin' new album for all to savor. So too has TRURL reemerged from the hinterlands of the music world with his second release some 13 years after the first. Titled "un*mutual" and featuring eight tracks that nearly match the playing time of the previous release at 43 1/2 minutes, this second offering eschews a mere copy and paste approach and takes on a completely new stylistic approach. While the "Rabbit" album was a cleverly crafted romp of instrumental jazz fusion peppered with classic prog sounds with a few nods to Return To Forever and Chic Corea as well as other more eclectic outfits like Gentle Giant and neoclassical fantasy artists, "un*mutual" takes on a vocal-driven style of keyboard oriented jazz fusion with the sensual touches of Canterbury jazz and soft vocal jazz.

Noticeably less unadventurous, TRURL has tamed his wild rabbit approach of the debut and instead delivers a roster of more "normal" streamlined tracks that focus on a basic jazz rock approach with the accouterments of prog flavored ingredients which results in a more predictable and less dynamic album than its predecessor. Noticeably more focused on atmosphere rather than stellar technical workouts that burst onto the scene and implode the senses like a jack-in-the-box, "un*mutual" takes on a soft and mellow approach that in comparison doesn't even sound like the same artist. BTW TRURL performs all instruments on his albums and in that regard is a musical genius but the music on "un*mutual" is lazy and never really rocks my world and doesn't allow him to display the excellent musical creativity that was delivered on "Do Not See Me Rabbit."

Unfortunately if you compare the two album covers, they pretty much advertise what you can expect from each album. "Rabbit" features a colorful and dynamic album cover that is inventive, mysterious and symbolic whereas this new one displays a bland corner where two walls and the ceiling meet with a dingy beige pastiche and completely devoid of any interesting characteristics. Now i wouldn't say that perfectly matches the content of this new release but overall this music is too tame for my liking especially after the brilliance of the debut. First of all i do not like Schendel's vocals at all. For all the talent he has an instrumentalist, his vocal abilities are limiting and weak sounding. Likewise the compositions are rather bland and generic. The album is a nice mellow relaxing one and of course this is all subjective because those who thought the debut was too wild and unfocused may love this one to death. Personally i find this substandard even when all the keeping focused and "maturity" factors are considered. It's a good album but not anywhere in the ballpark of interesting as was his debut. For adventurous listeners skip this one and go straight to the debut. That album is a gem.

 Do Not See Me Rabbit by TRURL album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.16 | 23 ratings

Do Not See Me Rabbit
Trurl Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Trurl is a jazz fusion/progressive one man band formed by Glass Hammer keybordist and multi instrumentalist Fred Schendel. One album released so far in 2011 named Do not see me rabbit. This quite strange and intresting name was taken from a character of Stanislaw Lem's humorous short story collection - The Cyberiad. The music offered is quite complex and with many changes in tempo, jazz fusion with progressive elements thrown in, a well balanced and intresting release all the way. Schendel handle all instruments here, and is very good in what is doing quite virtuosic on many parts, I mean the drums and bass are really excellent besides his main instrument keyboards, never though if I didn't know that is one man band. The sound is fat and crisp clear, what elese a total winner to me. There are some ELP inspired keybords and Gentle Giant disonant complicated arrangements and in combination with the jazz fusion parts gives to the listner a very memorable album where each instrument really shines. Lenghty pieces some of them with enough room for virtuosity, the album is instrumental entirely with some sporadicaly short chants here and there. As I said the album is diverse, catchy and I guess will pleases both fans of jazz fusion as those more towards progressive rock, both palletes are covered in good manner and with elegant moments. Nice art work aswell. The album available at his bandcamp page at very low price. From me 4 stars for sure, quite diffrent from he does in his main band Glass Hammer, but as good if not even better then many moments with his mother band.

 Do Not See Me Rabbit by TRURL album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.16 | 23 ratings

Do Not See Me Rabbit
Trurl Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

5 stars Do Not See Me Rabbit is a great example of a "grower"; when I first listened to it, I could produce an emotional response only to the last track (which, by the way, is a bonus track, so technically not even a part of this album).

But the things continued to steadily climb uphill from there. A couple of listens while driving, and particularly the one through headphones did the trick. Thus Do Not See Me Rabbit has been deservedly elevated to the "essential masterpieces" of the progressive rock (whatever it means).

I think most of the people will agree that the album is written, played, recorded and engineered with impeccable taste and a good set of technical skills. As for myself, I will give it extra points for meeting my special criteria of being uniformly good - no skippable tracks, no boring passages, no fillers, no irritating moments.

Four and half stars, rounded up to FIVE

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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