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Album Review

Rudder's second album is a breakthrough not only for them, but all youth-oriented progressive funk bands seeking different strokes. With saxophonist Chris Cheek at the top of his game, keyboardist Henry Hey laying down sinewy, bawdy, percussionistic keyboard lines, and the heavy rhythm team of bassist Tim Lefevbre lockstep with drummer Keith Carlock, this recording sets a high standard for post-Medeski, Martin & Wood-type jam bands headed for 2010. They are raucous, raw, tight, happy to be alive, yet disgusted with social vagaries or political trappings that bring out the angst and frustration of Generations X, Y & Z. Cheek's tenor sax sings on the otherwise churning, New Orleans tinged "One Note Mosh," is actually serene on the slower funk of "Lucy" with Lefebvre's ascending and descending basslines, and jumps into the 5/4 organ-based "Lucky Beard." Hey, an excellent acoustic modern jazz pianist, plays a virtual cheesy organ for "Innit" among backward loops and a very tough bass stance, while producing energy on "Neppe" even though both of these tracks offer a diffuse focus far from laser-like. It's on the hard rock, edgy, and skronky "3H Club" or the wonky wah-wah flavor with R&B strut during "Tokyo Chicken" where Rudder establishes their multi-tasked identity and wider appeal. Then there's "Jackass Surcharge" (love that title!) in a 7/8 bass and drums workout contrasting Cheek's sighing sax, and where "Daitu" again boils up a storm of thunder like "Mosh," "CDL" offers a space odyssey à la Sun Ra. When this combo tours and blows audiences away, similar bands will be left in their wake, leaving Matorning as a potent reminder of how new music manifests in ways still inspired by retro sounds brought kicking and screaming into dance halls. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Super Heavy Funk

This is a must have album for any serious funk cats. Your head won't stop bobbin'. Buy It!


I normally do not buy/listen to instrumental music, but I cannot stop listening to this CD which I came across in a roundabout way. In fact, I've started purchasing copies for my friends now. The musicians individually are superb (the kind other musicians will be impressed by) and yet the satisfication felt by the average listener = awesome. Infectious groove, great band ala Medeski Martin & Wood.

heavy duty funk with incredible jazz roots

The sound, the power, the drive of these songs is outtasight. First of all the acoustic quality of the instrument sounds is marvelous. The tone and subtle shadings of the drum kit sounds alone is unusual. Really fine - as phineas as you can get :) The humor is beyond the horizon, too. "Tokyo Chicken" will have you really digging what the players do. It is a gas, and what they weave in there to complement the sequences, the progressions throughout the number, are just amazing! Listening to "Jackass Surcharge" while driving this afternoon was as kicky as being up close to Dizzy G. at Birdland. In fact when I looked down the car was 30 feet off the road. Way to go, Rudder, you are the best!

Matorning, Rudder
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 01, 2009

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