Boomkat Product Review:
Proper ‘Bitches Brew’ meets King Tubby vibes from legendary Chicago ensemble Isotope 217, the classy unit of Dan Bitney, John Herndon, and Jeff Parker from Tortoise along with Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground, Exploding Star Orchestra), and Matt Lux (Iron & Wine)
At the intersection of cool virtuoso instrumentalism and studio-as-instrument tekkerz, ‘The Unstable Molecule’ is a classic experiment in contemporary, but classic-sounding, jazz fusion from a seminal era of Chicago’s esteemed jazz quarters. Laced with drum machines and electronics, and rent with webs of judiciously applied FX, the players converge from various respective angles of the Windy City’s jazz scene at a mutual conclusion of lithe, disciplined, and finely restrained jazz suss that helped define that late ‘90s pocket of goodness that gave the world Tortoise, The Sea and The Cake, and Chicago Underground Duo.
Trust it’s an effortless listen, butter smooth when needed, but also bristling with funkier energies in the right places, and with a special attention to space, minimalism, and thermostat control that makes it ideal for cooling out on long hot summer nights.