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Sweet flute work from the great Sam Most – a player who really shone brightly during his 50s recordings for Bethlehem Records – of which this is one of the best! Sam's got a mean, lean quality to his solos – a mode that rivals that of Frank Wess on the instrument at the time, and may well beat Herbie Mann – able to step lively on more boppish numbers, but step back into these soulful lines at just the right moments. The rest of the group has a tight feel too – modern, but a bit playful too – with Marty Flax on baritone, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Billy Triglia on piano, and Oscar Pettiford on bass. Titles include "Deed I Do", "Broadway", "Smiles", "Don't Worry Bout Me", "How Deep Is The Ocean", and "Tea For Two".
Machine and the Synergetic Nuts first saw the light of day in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan, formed by Toshiaki Sudoh (drums), Mahi-mahi (tenor and soprano sax), Suzuki Hiroyuki (bass), and Iwata Noriya (keyboards). This highly energetic jazz-rock/fusion group seems to have many influences, a brilliant mix of 70's Canterbury sound a la Soft Machine, Nucleus and probably many others, but this not by any means derivative or "stuck in the 70's" sort of music. The music definitely has a modern touch to it, and both their albums are surprisingly noisy (not metal, though) and difficult to grasp at first. Technical performance is really top-notch, especially their amazingly energetic and tight rhythm section is worth mentioning.