T.J. Kirk - Talking Only Makes It Worse (2005)
Jazz-Funk / Post- Bop / Fusion | mp3, VBR ~192kbps | 1:14:25 | 100.7 Mb
Label: Ropeadope | Released: 2005
Although it is not noted on the outside cover and is even difficult to discern from the inside liner notes, this is a live recording of the short-lived group, caught at a show at an unnamed venue in 1997. Regardless of the rather mysterious nature of the disc, it's a terrific representation of the foursome's phenomenal instrumental chops. The triple guitar/drums lineup cherry-picks tracks from their studio albums, both of which are out of print as of this disc's appearance in early 2004. Hence, it's the only way to hear this adventurous quartet deconstruct/reconstruct and mix and match the funk, jazz, and avant-garde qualities of the music of James Brown, Thelonious Monk, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Although Charlie Hunter's signature quivering eight-string guitar/bass acrobatics remain the group's signature sound, guitarists Will Bernard and John Schott along with drummer Scott Amendola are more than just backup musicians.