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The Work Is Slow [Hausu Mountain, 2021]
With nary a trumpet or keyboard to be heard, this mood music for a time of perpetual disquiet might be inadequately yet usefully described as evoking both hectic '70s Miles and the weird tranquility of Hassell & Eno. Bassist Melvin Gibbs anchors and calms, drummer Greg Fox drives and disrupts, and providing the atmosphere, continuity, identity, and theme statements that will keep you listening are guitarists Grey McMurry and Sasha Frere-Jones. From Big Lazy to 75 Dollar Bill, other distant analogies also present themselves. But this is more complex than any of 'em--and save Hassell & Eno mellower too. A