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Grassy Knoll

Grassy KnollAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 22, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000046ZT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Culture Of Complaint
2. March Eighteenth
3. Unbelievable Truth
4. Altering The Gates Of The Mind
5. Conversations With Julian Dexter
6. Floating Above The Earth
7. Less Than One
8. Low
9. Evolution #9
10. The Beauty Within
11. Illusions Of Peace
12. Spirit Slips Away
13. Left Becomes Right

Editorial Reviews

Time to roll out the hyphenated musical tags for this unique instrumental band from Texas--jazz noir practitioners who incorporate elements of bebop, acid jazz, surf guitar, and hip hop into a smoky, sax-driven sound. Everything is solidly grounded in the beat and hence is a lot more accessible than it might appear. Catch the Bowie sample on "Less Than One." Jeff Bateman

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Sountrack For Life March 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is lounge jazz, if you'll permit me to describe it as that. Production values are top-rate. Drum sequencing is subtle, allowing for the live instrument performances to give it a close and dynamic feel. This is more a sensory experience, allowing your mind freedom to dream up whatever visuals you can. Not many albums these days can give you a unique experience, but this album will achieve that. This album has broad appeal which would make it enjoyable for most people, not just a specialty crowd.
Perhaps these three Grassy Knoll albums, published on Nettwerk Records in Canada (same label as Sarah MacLachlan), are some of the most overlooked treasures to be found. They are already at the discount margin at Nettwerk.
The track "Floating Above The Earth" has some resemblance to "Driving Nowhere" on the follow-up album, Positive.
This self-titled album, as published by Nettwerk, has 11 tracks, listed the same as the first 11 on the Uni/Verve edition. However, the Uni/Verve edition has two extra tracks.
If you want to hear mellow electronic jazz, check out St. Germain. If you want to hear extreme electronic jazz, get the Squarepusher collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what was the name of the girl in the bar June 3, 2004
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hi bob, 10 years later and this still feels current
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Head Music March 3, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't know if you would call this jazz, or rock, but either way, it is "industrial strength". Great when driving, or when engaging in creative pursuits.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good June 12, 2010
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Grassy Knoll is one of those albums that sounds great on paper. Get really good jazz musicians, use eletronic percussion and a digital shine, and see what happens.

Adding a creepy name does not hurt: , the grassy knoll was a outside patch in Dallas, from where, some say, a shot that killed President Kennedy was fired in 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald was in an upstairs book depository, so if a shot was fired from the grassy knoll, it would prove there was more than one killer.

Grassy Knoll, the band: well, these are obviously great jazz players, although reading the cover, I don't know who these guys are or where they are from. But they mix together with a DJ here and do acid jazz grooves, taking short, restrained solos in the middle.

Ok. But the problem is that there is SO much emphasis placed on simple grooves: there is merit to this--simplifying the structures allows players to take off. It is the reason Miles and Coltrane did so well using modes in the 1960s.

None of Grassy Knolls soloists ever take flight. There is no singer or dominating instrument to put a mark on this music. The grooves are deep and well dug, but seem empty,

I can name other music where the concept works. Miles' On The Cornor uses long, repeating grooves to amazing effect. But there, you have hypnotic loops, three, four, five guys sounding off at once. Grassy Knoll keeps the solos short and isolated. No one really takes off, and while the patterns on here are interesting, there is no center.

This is not bad, but with more planning, and playing, could have been a hell of a lot better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Grassy Knoll January 21, 2008
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This is a great collection, i just about have them all. A must have, if you enjoy sounds going into your ear. A range of melody and transformation, easy and likeable.
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