This is superb. As others have said, to date it's the best of wherever Michel Delville finds himself playing. Whilst you can hear the influences from Fripp and Zappa, it has its own direction.
More "progressive fusion" glory from Belgium. Not for the faint-hearted, for sure, but if music close to the edge of jazz and rock is your cup of tea, give this a try!
And yes, there definitely is a Zappa vibe present
Favorite track: Ship Of Fools.
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UK magazine Jazzwise has described Belgian sextet The Wrong Object as “adept at mixing Canterbury styled prog rock with Zappa-esque jazz fusion and Frippertronics to produce a beat that has elements of the past and the future thundering through it. [Their music] cleverly fuses all of these various musical elements together, expertly twisting various world music styles into the mix to produce a varied and unpredictable set of original material.”
With their new release, Into The Herd (Off/MoonJune), The Wrong Object make a return to center stage, with a studio album of original compositions showcasing a variety of fresh, powerful material. After 15 years of an existence marked by extensive touring, recording and numerous collaborations with international jazz and rock luminaries (Elton Dean, Harry Beckett, Annie Whitehead, Alex Maguire, Stanley Jason Zappa, Ed Mann, Robin Verheyen), The Wrong Object ventures further into hybrid musical territories, pushing the boundaries of progressive jazz, rock and contemporary music. Perhaps the influence of the late Frank Zappa has never been more apparent. The songs continually weave, duck, dart, and ‘stop on a dime’; while exhibiting the “controlled reckless abandon” and a similar zany, humorous approach to both harmony and melodic/thematic motifs, akin to that which characterized his work. This is a herculean effort; one that goes a long way in filling the very noticeable long-standing void left in the wake of Zappa’s departure.
Suppose you've a friend, who thinks jazz-rock an aberration and fusion noodling its inevitable nadir. Here's what you do. Strap them to a chair, put The Wrong Object on at full volume and leave them a few hours. If by then they still don't get it, find another friend. – Duncan Heining, Jazzwise
Belgium’s The Wrong Object is brimming with artful compositions and quirky guitar work. Originally a Zappa tribute band, guitarist Michel Delville and his colorful cohorts have pushed the quintet’s music far beyond homage status, into an oeuvre combining structural complexity with emotional authenticity, much as their mentor’s music did. – Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player
released February 1, 2019
Michel Delville – guitar/guitar-synth/electronics
Marti Melia – bass and tenor saxophones/clarinet
François Lourtie – baritone and tenor sax
Antoine Guenet – keyboards
Damien Campion – bass
Laurent Delchambre – drums/electronic pad/samples
Recorded by Maxime Wathieu.
Mixed by Etienne Plumer.
Mastered by Mark Wingfield.
Produced by The Wrong Object.
Artwork by Marc Atkins.
Off Records in association with MoonJune Records.
The Wrong Object, Into The Herd, Off Records/MoonJune, January 2019
The Wrong Object, Zappa Jawaka, Off Records, October 2018
The Wrong Object, After the Exhibition, MoonJune, 2014
The Wrong Object, Stories from the Shed, MoonJune, 2008
The Wrong Object feat. Elton Dean, The Unbelievable Truth, MoonJune, 2006
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This is an excellent album from Markus Reuter, accompanied by Fabio Trentini on Fretless Bass and Asaf Sirkis on acoustic drums recorded live in the studio. The interplay among these musicians is amazing throughout and, for me, this is true "progressive" music, as it charts new territory and leaves behind well-trodden cliches. It's challenging music that rewards a mindful listen. Put it on and listen through the whole album without modern social media distractions and you will see what I mean. Jerry F
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Mark Wingfield is always recommended listening for fans of Jazz or Fusion guitar (among the names usually dropped you'll find Alan Holdsworth, Terje Rypdal, Pat Metheny). Nevertheless, this isn't just pure Jazz. I seem to hear more traces of progressive rock than in his other recordings, but probably that's just an early impression... Carsten Pieper
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I saw this group in Philadelphia on this tour and am really glad to have a recording of the show. Have loved them since around 1971, saw them in 1974, and am thrilled they're continuing to make distinctive music. davehartl