Harmonically subtle progressive jazz The Odd Dogs – BENEATH THE SURFACE: I’ve always been a fan of jazz that is subtle, and that contains “hints of whispers“, as I like to say… the original lineup for T.O.D. was Steve Billman (bass), Jeff Miley (guitar) and Ralph Humphrey (drums), but they also pulled in Andy Suzuki to do woodwinds and keyboards and Billy Hulting on percussion… and it is truly a MAGICAL combination… if you’re not sure you want to “just take my word for it“, just listen to the mellow strains on the intro for “Failure To Authenticate“, and their morph into some of the most high-energy jazz you’ve ever listened to… your ears will be (permanently) under their spell…
If your ears are thirsting for something that starts off from the “git-go” with PUNCH, I can guarantee you’re gonna’ LOVE the 7:11 “The Beast“… I can tell you right now, this tune (& the whole album, in fact) will be riding with me in my GTO for the foreseeable future… SMOKIN’ hot… Andy’s sax on this one is KILLER! There are even strains of Unca’ Frank (Frank Zappa, for the uninitiated) on this superb piece of music!
Jeff’s guitar intro for the 9:23 opener, “Presence Unknown“, propels the song ever-so-gently into a most captivating and fresh blend of jazz that is among the most unique I’ve ever listened to (& that’s saying something, because I’ve listened to a LOT, folks)…. there’s no doubt that this piece should be nominated for (and WIN) awards… it’s my personal favorite of the nine wonderful songs offered up for your aural enjoyment.
I give “The Odd Dogs” a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Get more information as it becomes available on The Odd Dogs website. Rotcod Zzaj
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