Pip Pyle BASH: Belle Illusion

Pip Pyle has played with such prog-rock giants as Hatfield and the North, National Health, In Cahoots and Gong. His latest project is Bash!, a vehicle for his jazz-rock compositions. On Belle Illusion (Cuneiform), a live document of a 2003 concert in Paris and a 2002 show in Seattle as part of the Progman Cometh Festival, Pyle alternately swings convincingly and funks it up behind the kit while keyboardist Alex Maguire stretches on Fender Rhodes and Hammond organ, bassist Fred Thelonious Baker bubbles underneath in heavy Jaco Pastorius mode and French guitar marvel Patrice Meyer sizzles with uncanny facility and speed.