Exposé Online banner

Doubt — Never Pet a Burning Dog
(Moonjune MJR032, 2010, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele, Published 2010-07-01

Never Pet a Burning Dog Cover art

Keyboardist Alex Maguire's new trio, flavored with the occasional Canterbury tinge, is a testament to the durability of that jazz-rock essence on European musicians. Maguire's insane fuzzy electric piano lines lay the groundwork for guitarist Michel Delville's aggressive lead guitar phrases. Maguire played free jazz with the late Elton Dean (who introduced Doubt's members to each other) before taking Dave Stewart's chair in the short-lived Hatfield and the North reunion. In this context he expertly swipes Dave Macrae's gritty distorted keyboard style, driving a fierce theme to its logical conclusion like the best Matching Mole live archival performances. Both Delville and drummer Tony Bianco come fully prepared from their various jazz fusion efforts in The Wrong Object. Richard Sinclair lends his bass guitar and vocals to three pieces, including the pastoral "Corale di San Luca" that leads into "Laughing." His vocals sound very much like what Robert Wyatt might sing in the same circumstances. Terje Rypdal's "Over Bikerot" is given a proper treatment by the trio line-up which is surprisingly full despite the lack of a proper bass player. Bianco's two pieces ("Sea" and "Aeon") showcase the drummer's fierce snare work and ability to create a linear playground for the other players' textural sounds. Sinclair also croons "Passing Cloud" which sports a disturbing, squirmy "Devil's Triangle" Mellotron accompaniment that works well. The gothic Van der Graaf tone of "Cosmic Surgery" has a spaghetti Western air. Fans of the end of Robert Wyatt's tour of duty with Soft Machine will rejoice with this well-crafted work.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Doubt, Richard Sinclair, Michel Delville, Alex Maguire

Latest news

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Simon Steensland - The Simon Lonesome Combat Ensemble – Cutting-edge, unpretentious and imaginative are three adjectives that describe this offering by Swedish multi-instrumentalist and composer Simon Steensland. Mixing elements of rock, neo-classical,...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues