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Bedrock: Shelf-Life

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In the land of Bedrock, groove is always king, but any specific groove’s hold on power is short-lived. Uri Caine (keyboards), Zach Danzinger (drums and percussion) and Tim Lefebvre (bass and guitar) obviously love the sweaty, cheesy music of the 1970s: “Blakey” is perfect theme music for an imaginary cop show, and the strut of “Shish Kebab Franklin” could have powered the stride of any down-and-out cinematic hero who still holds his head high. But on Bedrock’s second recording, appropriately titled Shelf-Life, the band’s restless musical imagination (along with a phalanx of talented guests like trumpeter Ralph Alessi and percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan) spurs them to keep the funk ever-fresh.

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