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Album Review

Zilla is a side project for Michael Travis, drummer in the String Cheese Incident, who is joined by Aaron Holstein (playing guitars and keyboards) and Jamie Janover (playing hammered dulcimer and electric kalimba, among other instruments) on this "100% Live 100% Improvised" album. The key instruments turn out to be Janover's, if only because they are the most unusual. One simply does not hear a hammered dulcimer played as the lead instrument over a rock rhythm section, playing extended instrumentals (not to mention a kalimba), and the sound has considerable charm. As might be expected, the pieces lack structure and tend to ramble, with the musicians playing fast and intensely at some moments, then relaxing into becalmed passages. But the unusual instrumentation makes for consistently interesting listening.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '00s

Colorado-based Zilla is an instrumental rock group with a heavy emphasis on improvisation featuring Michael Travis of the String Cheese Incident (drums, percussion, keyboards, mallet Kat); Jamie Janover (hammered dulcimer, mini-kit, percussion, sampler, electric kalimba, sitar), who formerly played with Travis in the band Zuvuya; and Aaron Holstein (guitar, bass, sampler, keyboards), former guitarist with Boogie Shoes and Vibe Squad. (When it was founded, the band also included keyboardist Steve...
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Egg, Zilla
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, New Age, Rock
  • Released: 01 August 2005

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