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 the sixth Dewa Budjana album in my collection, and for $5 at a 50% promotion, it's a real steal! Well, I have to admit that I'm a big fan of his early albums, released when he wasn't a star yet, worked with local musicians, and included a fascinating far-east folk feeling in his compositions. The latter is almost completely missing on this most recent album of his, starring part of the who is who of fusion. It's well-done middle-of-the-road fusion most of the time, but alas, nothing exceptional. Even Mohini Dey's technically perfect bass wizardry is not really touching. The highlights are, in fact, both of the songs contributed by John Frusciante, "Crowded" and "Zone". Sven B. Schreiber