Vorige maand is het debuut van de band MJ12 verschenen. Deze groep bestaat uit baslegende Percy Jones (Brand X), Stephen Moses op drums, Chris Bacas op sax en David Phelps op gitaar. De cd werd opgenomen in de zomer van vorig jaar in de Shelter Island studio’s in Manhattan, en bevat jazz fusion & progressieve rock. Jones zei: “We took the name from Majestik 12, which was supposedly a group of 12 scientists and engineers assembled in the late 40's to investigate UFO's. There is an ongoing debate as to whether this group actually existed or not. Stephen Moses and I had been doing gigs for a while where we would invite guests to sit in. We did all improv, so this was actually M&J +1 or 2. After a while we started using David Phelps and Chris Bacas on a regular basis if they were available. At this point we started writing stuff, but keeping a lot of the improv thing going to keep it spontaneous. The end result was bits and pieces of ideas coming from everybody that were all tied together to try and make a coherent tune, but with lots of blowing inside. By last Summer we felt like it had shaped up well enough to record it, so we went in and recorded it over 2 days.” De tracks vertonen heel wat improvisatie en verrassende wendingen, en zijn niet bestemd voor ongeoefende oren.
Patrick Van de Wiele (3½)
The debut of this band MJ12 brings jazz fusion & prog rock with lots of improvisation and surprising turns. For the more experienced listener.