The Siamese Stepbrothers — The Siamese Stepbrothers
(Cuneiform Rune 72, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-11-01
An unlikely amalgam of musicians, The Siamese Stepbrothers carry forward a spirit of improvisation that seems to cross all time and musical boundaries. Bits of rock, jazz, psych, and other forms flow freely together and congeal into brilliant streams of musical consciousness, structured loosely around a rock core. While certainly much of this is free-wheeling improv, there is a well directed and rehearsed feel to it, no doubt due to the involvement of guitarist Henry Kaiser, who should need no introduction. Other players include ex-Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten, guitarist Bruce Anderson and bassist Dale Sophiea, both founding members of MX-80 Sound. Anderson and Kaiser work well together in a complimentary way at different levels in the mix, the latter adding some beautiful floating Hendrix-like coloration to many of the tunes. Lukas Ligeti (ex-Kombinat M) rounds out the lineup on drums and percussion. Unlike many Cuneiform releases, this one is more relaxed, while still remaining quite intense and complex, with plenty of absolutely stunning moments. Overall, this is an easy one to warm up to, and one I'm sure many will enjoy.
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