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Many Worlds / Menagerie

Menagerie - Many Worlds

Freestyle

DJ/Producer Lance Ferguson aka Lanu has so many projects that it's futile to keep track. What's extraordinary is there's no dip in quality in any of them. Whether it's The Bamboos, Rare Groove Spectrum or his Lanu project. Now with the third full length from Menagerie, he continues to cement his status as one of Melbourne's brightest stars. "Many Worlds" blossoms with spiritual and straight ahead jazz compositions. The disc kicks off with potent "Hope". Phil Noy's robust tenor is in top here while Daniel Farrugla pushes everyone to the edge with his spirited drumming. The ex-factor here is the hymn caliber vocal harmonies that elevate the track to greater heights. The title track features a slow burning groove but the dynamic interplay amongst the musicians are high intensity. Pianist Mark Fitzgibon forays on electric piano are complimented by the sheer harmonic guitar rhythms sprinkled throughout. "Hymn of The Turning Stone" is another winner. Fitzgibbon's brings the thunder once again with melodic flourishes that will keep your head on a swivel. Noy's playing evokes images of Pharoah Sanders and the stylistic touches of the composition allows everyone to shine among this nine piece unit. The energy of the compositions, the musicianship and the vocal harmonies are healing and downright marvelous. Whether you're a lover of spiritual or straight ahead jazz, purchasing this record will provide immediate satisfaction.

Reg Dancy, 03/21