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TuataraAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 24, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunyata Records
  • ASIN: B00005UWMB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Cinemathique is the 3rd album from Tuatara, the renowned instrumental supergroup featuring Barrett Martin, Peter Buck, Mike McCready, Justin Harwood, and Skerik. Upon its release, critics hailed it as the most adventurous and realized album of the band's approach to soundscape music.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop playing it!! August 3, 2002
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I totally dig on Breaking the Ethers but wasn't too hot on Trading with the Enemy. This new one is more a good spy movie you never know where it's gonna take you. Great Stuff (IMO), and at least as good as the 1st one! I recommend it highly...too bad Peter Buck didn't do more of this type of music and less of that *other* stuff. I wish there was more Skerik here, but there is a great bunch of musicians who play on this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Classic January 28, 2008
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Yep, this is the one. Their best instrumental CD so far. I like the fact that they change directions with each album, sometimes with vocals, sometimes without. But for the pure instrumental, soundscape, cinematic experience, this is the masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic February 23, 2003
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One of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Falling Pianos and The Hangover are my favorite tracks, but there's not a bad song in the bunch.
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I have always enjoyed jazz, jazz fusion, jazz rock, and the newest forms of jazz including acid and triple z jazz, but I have never heard anything like this. It's not exactly jazz, but it has jazz overtones. I don't know how these guys got together but it is something unique. I know it sounds cliche' but one has to hear this music to appreciate it. It will sound kind of weird at first but it grows on you. For example, the first cut, The Melting Sun, has a vast array of instrumentation including electric guitar, bass, bongos, drums, vibes, African drums, Gamelan instruments and the like. The second cut, Love Is A Calculated Risk, includes some of the same instruments but also includes a tenor sax and trumpet. My favorite cut is Falling Pianos which utilizes a piano, vibes, marimba, bass, electric guitar, harmonica, baritone sax, accordion, and various percussion. The last cut, Farwell To The Hero, throws in an upright bass, clarinet, and a Dobro guitar. Really cool stuff!
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B-o-r-i-n-g May 1, 2002
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It was Peter Buck's involvement in the loose instrumental collective called Tuatara that first got me interested in them. I have the first two Tuatara CDs and thought they were moderately good. However, the new one, Cinemathique, is a real snooze. It's got a quasi-jazz flavor - the previous 2 discs rocked more - but this stuff is mostly like watered-down lounge jazz. There's one track, "The Hangover," that sounds like the instrumental jam/break from some lost '70s song by the Chicago Transit Authority (not necessarily a good thing). Then there's the closing cut, a weak attempt at being avant garde. I can't imagine this disc appealing much to anyone. ...
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