January 12, 2022

Android Trio is a fascinating band from the United States and is a very pleasing fusion/jazz/progressive rock crossover outfit with Other Worlds being the second release following on from 2017’s Road Songs.

The group is made up by three eclectic and exceptionally talented musicians in Andrew Niven who plays drums, percussion, synth and sequencers with Eric Klerks being the master of bass, 8-string guitar and Synthbass and Max Kutner on electric and acoustic guitar and to say that these guys can play is very much an understatement! The Covid pandemic has meant that they have not met in person for over a year now so this album has, like so many others, been recorded remotely and then lovingly compiled but the music still has that special ‘recorded live’ sound that makes jazz fusion so compelling and vital.

Android Trio has also involved several guests to give the album that special touch of magic with Mike Keneally supplying keyboards on tracks 3, 4, 5, 8 & 11 as well as guitar on track 6 and samples on track 9 with Jonathan Sindelman offering up keyboards/organ on tracks 1, 3 and 8, Daniel Rosenboom with trumpet on track 5, Jessica Lurie plays baritone sax on track 9 and then Gregg Bendian with vibraphone on track 12 and who doesn’t love a bit of vibraphone in their jazz? Together, they have created a magnificent instrument jazz fusion which frequently crosses into progressive rock territory to give a sound rather like King Crimson meets Frank Zappa meets Return To Forever. The keyboards, guitar and bass complement each other so well and if you are a fan of bass playing then you have to hear this as Eric Klerks is a genius out of the Chris Squire school of rock.

The album is a delight with headphones but also great just to sit back and soak in the wonderful atmosphere the band creates and the sonic landscapes they produce with time changes aplenty but never is the album too challenging. If you love instrumental rock, true virtuoso performances and stunning jazz fusion then check this out as it shows the world of fusion has some new heroes ready to challenge the old order.

This is music for your ears, head, heart and soul and is so life affirming, intense and vitally alive, pure genius!

Other Worlds

  1. Anger Dance (5:07)
  2. Concentric Lines (4:11)
  3. Extra Terrestrial Folk Dance (5:18) 
  4. Miscellany B (4:23)
  5. Serial Tune (4:19)
  6. Fanfare (3:41)
  7. Secular Athletes (3:22)
  8. Open Air (2:53)
  9. Cryptosaur (4:47)
  10. Take Me (5:40)
  11. Water Song (4:37)
  12. Quark (5:07)