Think of Happy Apple as a hyper-band, created from the DNA of the Sonny Rollins Trio, Dreams, Tony Williams Lifetime, and the Police, and you ll begin to comprehend how this towering triad, moulds, shapes, constructs, and deconstructs jazz, rock, fusion, avant-garde, and Latin genres. The New Bison, is the midtempo opener awash with dark and lovely, industrial-style improvisations, followed by the rockish ostinato driven number, Very Small Rock. 1996 A.D is perhaps the freest track on the date, with a spirited drum/sax dialogue, contrasted by the urban backbeats on Rise! Marc Anthony and the Dr, Dre grooved Calgon for Hetfield. Lefse Los Cubanos, shows that not even the Cuban clave remains unscathed from their transformative touch. He s Okay is a twilight-toned ballad, and Hence the Turtleneck is a selection that gives the aural imagery of Pharaoh Sanders backed by Led Zeppelin on a slow drag!
Reviews"King's love of jerky rhythms drives the climax of 'Rise! Mark Anthony,' on which a repetitive motif builds out of a free drum/sax exchange, much like a Tim Berne piece. He doesn't sound as unhinged as he occasionally gets with the Bad Plus, but there are plenty of moments where he dances around the time. Fratzke often stays in the background, gently stroking simple grooves, but when duty calls he can rip into a fast solo ('1996 A.D.') or change textures from medium to heavy. Lewis who also adds keyboards to a couple of tracks, has a playful approach to his horn, somewhat reminscent of Ornette, that makes even the simplest melody engaging." - Amazon