The Necks – Drive By

They're comprised of Chris Abrahams (keyboards), Lloyd Swanton (bass) and Tony Buck (drums), and have been in existence on and off since 1987. You might think "jazz trio", but this remarkable group goes far beyond that. Their methodology is to improvise slowly on and gradually develop melodic and rhythmic motifs.

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They’re comprised of Chris Abrahams (keyboards), Lloyd Swanton (bass) and Tony Buck (drums), and have been in existence on and off since 1987. You might think “jazz trio”, but this remarkable group goes far beyond that. Their methodology is to improvise slowly on and gradually develop melodic and rhythmic motifs. “Drive Up” consists of one such improvisation which lasts for one hour, and starting from an ambient shimmer it works its way through intimations, not just of jazz but of deep house, trip hop and?in the final section?the saddest bass line that Joy Division never thought of. Somewhere between The KLF’s Chill Out and The Boredoms’ Vision Creation Newsun, this is an accessible, breathtaking and at times profoundly moving record. It might even be the most radical record of 2004.

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