The Greg Foat Group- The Dancers at the Edge of Time
With their latest album, the Greg Foat Group took a huge step up. Their debut Girl and Robot with Flowers was a plenty enjoyable mix of electro-acoustic space-jazz and throwback psychedelic jazz-blues, providing equal attention to both thick melodies and thicker grooves. But there were too many times when the music came out sounding thin, lacking some emphasis to the punch and some depth to the vision. Their sophomore release, the live performance album Live at the Playboy Club, London kept the same ingredients, but exuded a much stronger presence, and the album brought out elements of their sound that weren’t completely sussed out on their debut. And then there’s how a song like “Blue Melody” provided a strong hint on what was coming next.
What came next is The Dancers at the Edge of Time, and it represents a much fuller, more concrete expression of the sound that carried so much promise on their previous recordings. The most noticeable advancement? Even though their vision rings with a greater clarity and cohesion, the flow of ideas sounds looser, less fussy. Songs like the dreamy “Door Into Summer” and “Dancers Waltz” express the melody with the right dose of patience, and just lets it hang out there and linger for those few extra ticks of the clock to allow the notes to fully resonate before taking them in new directions with a series of lovely solos. This holds true even on a track like “Eye of Horus,” when the temperature spikes from all the heat, and, conversely, “Riff for Raff,” with its blues drawl and sing-song cadence.
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