Jahroom — Cut-Price Goods
(Addicted Label BNiL 701, 2016, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-10-14
Eleven instrumental tracks with creative titles such as “Cut-29,” “Cut-07,” “Cut-32,” etc. are what you experience on this 2016 release by Russian trio Jahroom (Alexander N. on bass, Timur D. on drums, Rasel R. on guitar). And this imaginative titling of tracks continues across all three of their albums. On Cut-Price Goods, Jahroom experiments with several interesting genres of groove-laden psychedelic / progressive improv jams. “Cut-32” opens the album with frantic bass, machine-gun drums, and metal guitar. Next is the excellent “Cut-23 featuring Konstantin Sukhan,” an inspired melodic groove that flirts with U2 ’s Joshua Tree. Then “Cut-34” envelops you in minimal harsh dissonant guitar only to be followed by “Cut-07 featuring Konstantin Sukhan” with its melodic flights of fancy that morph into dub plus some jazzy trumpet. “Cut-35” is a dark melodic jazz fusion track. And then we reach the mammoth “Cut-02 featuring Ivan Shanin,” 21 minutes of excellent psych jamming and saxophone reminding me of the obscure Australian band Cybotron. “Cut-34 featuring Anton Ponomarev” changes pace with its raucous dissonance. “Cut-21” is more groove-laden prog fusion riffing. Then “Cut-28” returns to their take on U2 over a pulsating bass and drums. “Cut-27” veers off in a new direction, punk plus a lot of tempo and mood shifts. And the album closes with “Cut-29,” 14 minutes of dub beat, grooves, phased cymbals, bass riffing, and tempo changes. There is a little bit of everything on Cut-Price Goods. If you dislike one track, you are sure to find another more to your liking.
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