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Om Trio: Globalpositioningrecord

I make it a policy not to abuse substances while reviewing CDs, on the theory that I should be at least as alert to the twists and turns of the music I’m critiquing as I would need to be to drive a car. However, the OM Trio’s new CD, Globalpositioningrecord, makes me wonder whether I shouldn’t make an occasional exception.

The OMmers comprise Brian Felix on keyboards and organ, Pete Novembre on bass and Ilya Stemkovsky on drums and other percussion, and their goal is to lay spacey, deep grooves so their audience will relax their minds and enter a freer consciousness. Felix’s keyboards mostly sound off in remote, pallid tones, yet he’s far from aloof when his improvisations take the fore. Stemkovsky mimics drum ‘n’ bass textures with his own two sticks and throws occasional changeups and fastballs. Novembre provides sonic oomph from deep in the ensemble. Sometimes they hand-generate sonic exotica, like the stutter-skip of the three “Shant” tracks or the rubbery explosions on “Fives & Sevens.” That’s about it.

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