3 Sets v.3 – various artists
Lauan Records 113
It could be that this thought runs through my head because it's close to
lunchtime, but: I love music samplers in the same manner that I love food
buffets. There's nothing as enjoyable as the opportunity to taste a little
this and a little bit of that, and then go back and re-visit the choices
gave the most pleasure.
In the case of this third volume of material from Lauan records, what's
immediately striking, and a good move, is that the creators do not simply
throw on one track by one artist and move on. They serve up two or three
at 20-plus minutes from each artist in order to give a more well-rounded
version of what each one can deliver. In this case, it's Living Daylights
with the Flava Crystals, the Miracle Orchestra and Ray's Music Exchange.
I'd like to point out the powerful sax break by Jessica Lurie that comes up
in Medium, showing that the influence of Maceo Parker lives on and
the debit side of things, I wish that Living Daylights' version of reggae
on Small would go the distance and have bassist Arne Livingston
low end of his instrument. Without that deep rumble of bass, it lessens the
Still, on its two lengthy tracks the Orchestra displays consistent
instrumental flourishes and interplay while the bass and drums lock in to a
tight groove. Then, in a nod to fusion's traditions, Stonehenge
the rhythmic foundation in order to create a hypnotic sensation caused by
the steady play of the low end just as everything becomes chaotic around
it. Out of the two numbers, I really enjoy the atmosphere created here:
relying on a musical theme, successfully working around it, and finally
Of course, I immediately discover why the proceedings start out this way.
Similar to the mini-set by Living Daylights, Horse Load eases into
Meathead Dance Party. Sounding as if it is spliced along with the
numbers, Thumbs finishes the transition from upbeat groove to
state. Thumbs turned out to be my favorite among the RME's trio. It
Middle Eastern flavors but not in an overt manner. One can sense the
influence through the guitar tones and the light rhythmic background but it
doesn't totally succumb to the eccentric syncopated nature of worldbeat.
Overall, it demonstrates what RME hints at throughout its three songs:
that the bandmembers can ably take the music around them and create a hybrid
of sound that touches upon such styles without aping them.