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Alan Pasqua: The Antisocial Club

Alan Pasqua’s previous recording (Standards, on Fuzzy Music) was a very subtle (and very fine) acoustic piano trio album. The Antisocial Club is not acoustic and not subtle. Whether you think it is fine depends on how you feel about a particular aesthetic, exemplified by early electric Miles and Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi albums.

It is possible that this album will make some converts in the acoustic community of electric-jazz naysayers. While it has much that they dislike about fusion-the heavy repetitive rhythms (one man’s groove is another’s monotony), the electric keyboard twitterings and splashes that fill every cranny of available musical space, the indulgent, grandiose hooks-it also contains elements that most fusion lacks. Among these are brains, creativity, adventurousness and real solos.

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