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Garage A Trois first formed in 1999, from the ashes of Mardi Gras, as a trio featuring Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore and Skerik. They later added Mike Dillon to the fold. In 2007, Charlie Hunter left the band and Marco Benevento joined. The union of musical forces over the years has morphed with each incarnation to reflect the collective strength and vision of each configuration. The current ... Read more in Amazon's Garage a Trois Store

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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Royal Potato Family
  • ASIN: B004PF0GK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Kansas (Interlude)
6. Swellage
7. The Drum Department
8. Thumb
9. Baby Mama Drama
10. Chimp & Flower
11. Dark Bogul (Interlude)
12. Assault on Precinct 13

Editorial Reviews

Featuring: Skerik, Marco Benevento, Mike Dillon, Stanton Moore.
'Garage A Trois skew grittier and more psychedelic with the current lineup, combining heavy-riff distortion with a rough-and-tumble funk delirium.' The New York Times Garage A Trois was recently described by noted photographer John Margaretten as, 'a transformative, punkalectic, pornographic seizure of sight and sound.' Few descriptions have ever so perfectly encapsulated the modern day post-rock/freak-jazz super group. A force greater than the sum of its colossal parts, Garage A Trois features Seattle-based saxophonics master Skerik, Brooklyn-based sound-sculptor/keysman Marco Benevento, punk rock vibraphone hero Mike Dillon and New Orleans funky drummer/beat master Stanton Moore. After the rousing success of the quartet's 2009 release, Power Patriot (also the band's debut with Benevento replacing original member Charlie Hunter), Garage A Trois headed to Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, LA (where masterpieces by The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder and The Wild Magnolias have been cut) to record with revered sound engineer Randall Dunn (architect of the Southern Lord sound). As has become the band s primary focus in its current incarnation, a laser sharp focus was given to capturing Garage A Trois sinewy, fourth-dimensional, polychromatic instrumental songwriting. The resulting album, Works Every Time, delivers from track to track exactly as its title boasts. A massive draw in clubs and festivals around the U.S., this latest recorded output from Garage A Trois will only help fuel the fire for a growing legion of fans amassing around the most dangerous instrumental band on the scene today.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OffBeat Magazine on July 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Like Gang of Four, which is now essentially two guys, Garage a Trois has a band name that's just too good to change when it's no longer numerically accurate. The group only remained a trio for a short time after drummer Stanton Moore launched it as a 1999 side project, with guitarist Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik. The current quartet subtracts Hunter and adds synth man Marco Benevento and percussionist Mike Dillon, and with the expanded lineup comes a broader sound. No longer just a vehicle for grooves and improvs, Garage a Trois now hinges on strong compositions that draw from tiki-lounge exotica and mid-'60s crime jazz. It's the sound of John Barry and Martin Denny going on a funky bender.

Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil, the band's fourth album (second with this lineup) is its most studio-driven set. Solos are downplayed, tracks are kept to a tidy four-minute average, and the most is made of sound- layering possibilities. Benevento often plays a Brian Eno-type role, adding atmospheric wind to the swaggering "Thumb," and looping and echoing Skerik's sax on "Dark Bogul." But the rhythm tracks are non-programmed, and Moore's drumming remains a joy to hear, whether he's adding cymbal accents on the surprisingly pretty "Chimp & Flower," or pushing straight ahead on "Resentment Incubator," whose heavy baritone sax harks back to vintage Morphine.

The lack of guitar makes the band get more sonically creative, with a mix of sax, vibes and analog synths. When they echo `70s fusion it's not the usual suspects. Ever hear Shamal, the terrific album that European prog-rock band Gong made after dropping its singer and adding a percussion section? Neither have most people, but the sound of "Omar"--part Indonesian gamelan, part arena- rock riffage--makes me suspect that a well-worn copy is buried somewhere in the Trois' garage.--Brett Milano, OffBeat Magazine, May 2011 issue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sydneyf on April 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I saw this band for the first time last year at the All Good Music Festival and they blew me away. After listening to this album, I'm really enjoying the progression of this band. They are always innovative on their sound and have great chemistry together. I 100% recommend their new album
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By Bernard Metro on June 27, 2012
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Became an instant Stanton Moore fan after the first listen to Flyin' the Koop. Great CD by a great - must-see-live - band.
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The second disc with Marco Benevento on keys replacing Charlie Hunter on guitar, and it's a whole 'nother kind of smokin'...being a huge Stanton Moore fan, I love these guys, all four albums are great, buy this if you have ever wondered what John Bonham would sound like jamming with King Crimson - there's some of that on this, in more than one spot...
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By bostonmike42 on May 21, 2011
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never one to disappoint, stanton moore and the gang have created gold yet again. this album had me grooving in no time! marco benevento crushes the keys while leaving plenty of room for the sax to shine equally. definately a recommended listen
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