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More diversity for Mr. Manring,
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This live recording is quite entertaining and recorded quite well. It features Manring on bass, as usual, using what I would call is his signature sound throughout. Much of it is straightforward with a few avant garde pieces that have some free jazz sections thrown in, but even they aren't so obtuse that they cannot be enjoyed. There is only one familiar Manring tune on the program, the first song, Gizmo.
Manring's trio mates are Tom Darter on the piano, who has written most of the tunes and Larry Kassin on the flute and piccolo. Both of these guys are quite capable musicians and the energy of the performance comes through rather well. There is a place or two of forgivable imperfection on the execution, but it really doesn't detract from this recording to me. One thing that I was immeasurably thankful to hear was that Mr. Kassin does not feel the need to make ridiculous trilly and frilly effects on his flute the way that many jazz types seem to. He plays it pretty traditional with the occasional overblown or tone bent effect, usually perfectly placed.
The selections range from very traditional, straightforward melody driven selections like Gizmo and Ultra-Body Over the Mountain to playful like Paleontology to more abstract like The Gamma People and Scatter. I enjoyed this CD quite a bit and would certainly buy another from these gentlemen.