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Product Description

Longitude is the second installment in the collaboration of Charlie Hunter (master of
the 8-string guitar ) and Bobby Previte (electronic and acoustic drum virtuoso). This
time around the rotating third member slot is filled by turntable wizard DJ Logic.
Together they have turned up the heat, further progressing their sound into a more
aggressive mix of funk, jazz and jamband-style rock.

This team-up brings a real, earthy and
energetic performance that will appeal to
jazz, funk and electronic enthusiasts alike.
Their trademark sound of electronic
riffing reverberates a dynamic tension
throughout the album. Charlie Hunter s
playing is far reaching on both sides,
hitting soaring highs and rumbling lows with
ease, leaving the listener to ask How d he do
that? . Bobby Previte's drumming is just as
impressive. His percussion work is like a
tropical storm, thunderous and electric . DJ
Logic provides the essential background to
Hunter and Previte's mind-bending creation.

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Wow. I haven't felt this energized by hearing new music in a long time. Groundtruther are a duo of drummer Bobby Previte and guitarist Charlie Hunter. For each release they invite a guest third performer and this time round it's turntablist DJ Logic. All three performers have appreciable reps, with Logic and Previte regular contributors to the downtown NYC scene. Longitude is the second part of a trilogy, following on from Latitude and with Altitude to follow.

Longitude's first track, "Transit Of Venus", is fascinating for its strangeness. Beginning with DJ Olive's wavering synthetic tones, shouts, drums and scratching follow to form a sonic melee with an appreciable sense of forward motion. Charlie Hunter announces his arrival with a power chord followed unexpectedly by a string of starkly abrasive notes. His overdriven sound drops in and out suddenly, while behind him Previte's drums break up choppily as though heard via an unreliable connection.

"March 1741, Cape Horn" again races forward pell mell, propelled by scratched voices, the haunted cries of night creatures and Previte's high energy breakbeats. The instrumentation imparts the skeletal feel of a stripped-down racing machine, some kind of darkened dragster glimpsed roaring through the trees at midnight.

On the brief "Course Made Good", Hunter begins by rocking out in pleasingly neanderthal style, but his guitar gradually recedes into a blurred fog, it's sharpened dynamics blunted and eventually silenced. It's a conceit I last heard on "Foil", the first track on Autechre's second album. Applied to live instrumentation the treatment acquires even greater power. Radical post-production of this sort is relatively rare for live performers, but very welcome ­ the sort of thing Teo Macero might have done to a chorus of outraged jazzers and eventually expunged (c.f. Miles Davis's "Go Ahead John").

The louder tracks are interspersed with gentler exercises: "Medicean Stars" is a gorgeous, becalmed piece, an interplay between Hunter¹s harmonics, signal noise from DJ Olive and semi-random percussion. It could loop for much longer than its two minute duration. "Epherimedes" is, likewise, another piece seemingly cut from the same cloth.

DJ Olive's contributions really bring Longitude to life as he sketches and weaves significant amounts of atmosphere, leftfield intrusions and textures between Hunter and Previte. Previte is a really exciting drummer, going hell for leather as though the devil were chasing his tail and Hunter's noise-ridden stylings are a pleasurable surprise. The connection between the music and the astral titling isn't immediately obvious, but they make increasing intuitive sense and might be imagined as a distant accompaniment to Miles Davis's tectonic references on Agharta/Pangaea. Longitude is convincing hybrid music with lashings of energy, originality and resonance. --BBC music

Music like this refuses to be categorized. Jazz? In spirit. Funk? Plenty. Rock too...sort of. Whatever you end up calling it, there's no denying that the forementioned 'instrumental fathers' would have been impressed... --Blogcritics

Recorded live in the studio, Longitude maintains an improvised feel while delivering an innovative blend of modern jazz, rock, and funk. --Glide Magazine
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • ASIN: B0009VI4H6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Troy Collins on August 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Thirsty Ear's Blue Series imprint has long been known for its adventurous crossover projects, from the unlikely merger of underground Hip-Hop and Free Jazz on "Antipop Consortium vs. Matthew Shipp" to the radical summit meeting of DJ Spooky, Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Fantomas) and Meat Beat Manifesto on "Drums of Death." Bridging the ostensibly divergent worlds of improvisational Jazz and rigorously structured Electronica and Hip-Hop, no other label has had as solid a run as Thirsty Ear has.

"Longitude" is the second entry in Thirsty Ear's documentation of Groundtruther's proposed trilogy. Guitarist Charlie Hunter and Percussionist Bobby Previte's collective trio with a rotating third member has only one previous release under their belt, 2004's "Latitude." Joined by saxophonist Greg Osby, the trio elicited a program that was adventurously elliptical and a harbinger of things to come.

Beginning with 2003's "Come in Red Dog, This is Tango Leader," Hunter and Previte's collaboration has grown beyond its humble beginnings. What was once a groove oriented duo project with a tendency towards atmospheric production and the occasional experimental foray, Groundtruther has morphed into an altogether more unpredictable entity.

Recording live in the studio with added guest DJ Logic on turntables, Groundtruther has ventured even further from the jazz mainstream to find itself straddling the fence separating the worlds of improvised rock and electric jazz. Jazztronica is still an untested term, but one would be hard pressed to find a better euphemism for the tasty playing found in the grooves on this record. The traditional concept of jazz swing is decidedly absent, but the rhythmic pulse and improvisational spirit of jazz definitely informs these proceedings.
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This is a review of the sound quality only.

Half the songs on this disk are mastered so hot they clip and distort. Also the amount of dynamic range compression on that half of the disk is unacceptable. This is primarily a Jazz release, and therefore sound quality should be an important imperative int the production of the disk. They obviously did not care about giving their customers/fans the best product they could. Instead they went down the road of trying to increase the average volume level as much as they could so as to assault the ears of their listeners. 1/2 of the record sounds like a crushed rock release.

In terms of sound quality, this record is a cynical sonic mess. Avoid.

look up 'loudness war' at wikipedia or google 'pleasurize music' or 'turnmeup' for more info.
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By Mrx on August 2, 2005
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Second out for Groundtruther project. Guest DJ Logic's messing around with turntablism allows Previte & Hunter to ride free in continuous sound hints and sparkling solos. Previte is powerfull and heavy-beating on acoustic drum; Hunter turns distorsion on and plays lots of dramatically-bare riffs for high moments of interplay.

Less 'jazz-like' than Latitude, maybe difficult to listen to for predictability-bound ears, but fresh and stimulating if you approach music by the what's-going-to-happen side.
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