Friday, March 8, 2013

Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask, Howl!

Rock influence, folk-like simplicity in the heads and free-flowing trio avantness is part of what distinguishes Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask trio. Their Howl! (Between the Lines 71232) provides a good hour of this sort of thing. Peter wails forward on alto, Roland Fidezius plays upright bass and gives out with some noise as well, Rudi Fischerlehner is on drums.

Now the point is that they sound pretty kicking in their own way. Peter's alto has a growl and can sear you with some heat. The rhythm team varies what it does, sometimes getting into pre-planned routines to set off a sax solo, sometimes just charging into the fray with abandon, sometimes diving into a metal riff.

I found it all worth hearing. Nicely done. More!

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