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Yuganaut: This Musicship

With ESP-Disk releasing new artists concurrently with the gradual reissue of its back catalog, Yuganaut’s music fits the spirit of the label. The trio straddles grounded compositions and improvisations that get both spacey and chaotic. Speaking of space, opening statement “Running” fades in like a transmission from another planet, with Stephen Rush cranking old-style wheezes and bloops from a Moog over Tom Abbs’ probing bass and Geoff Mann’s feisty drums. Before the track ends, Mann drops the sticks and blares on a cornet, Rush switches to Rhodes, and Abbs picks up both the didgeridoo and tuba briefly.

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