Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
MACHINE MASS feat. DAVE LIEBMAN pairs the legendary saxophonist (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones...) with longtime collaborator drummer Tony Bianco (Elton Dean, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, douBt) and guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object, douBt, Comicoperando). Graced by Dave Liebman's extraordinary phrasing and improvising skills, INTI combines free improvisation with tight rhythmic structures, post-Bitches Brew time signatures with ambient episodes, spreading across different musical and spiritual realities, both playfully and intensely. The band ventures into the fiery electro-jazz territories explored by Bianco and Delville's recent Machine Mass Trio, which also showcased both musicians' capacity to listen closely and improvise over unpredictable chord, rhythm and time changes while handling live electronics and computer loops.
Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs (in just one afternoon, no less!), this monumental session bears witness to three seasoned musicians in top form - producing music that is fresh, challenging, profound and moving. Rules are acknowledged and rules are discarded, and the resulting sonic bouillabaisse,Inti, signals some truly exciting new directions for progressive jazz.
This is truly a unique musical environment that I recorded with these two wonderful musicians. Shall I use the word 'post' everything? There's some 'On The Corner' here, some punk rock, some techno stuff, etc., etc. The resulting bouillabaisse is extraordinary and novel ... challenging music and definitely cutting edge. - Dave Liebman
...this disc is a throwback to the mid-seventies before the term 'fusion' was used and abused. Hence, this is jazz-rock at its best. Refreshing and exciting! Another gem from Moonjune treasure chest. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DownTown Music Gallery
Dave Liebman is one of the most creative jazz saxophonists on the planet (John Fordham, The Guardian, London) ...the most breathtaking sweep of emotions that might be heard on soprano saxophone for some time to come. (All About Jazz)
Michel Delville's fantastic guitar leads build (once again) to the far corners of the universe (Dick Metcalf, Rotcod Zzaj) ... quite stunning whether soloing or filling out the spaces between (Duncan Heining, Jazzwise Magazine, UK)
Tony Bianco allies grace and power, propelling both sessions with unflinching stamina (Francois Couture, All Music Guide)
Masterfully crafted Inti pushes the creative envelope by assigning the talent and experience to the unit, stating it loud and clear that Machine Mass is not in the hands of one man, but rather a joint effort of the present individuals. Each one of them works as both a leader and a follower, and breaking down the song structures inevitably reveals the trio’s ever-lasting “on fire” moments. The highly improvised, soulful and spiritual sounds that echo on Inti generate the vigorous energy that interacts with timeless compositions of Davis, McLaughlin or Fripp. The formula of putting together ambient soundscapes with free improvisational passages resulted in a sixty minute journey through mysterious. A sixty-ton monster. - Nikola Savic, ProgSphere