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Trading With the Enemy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
In 1996 R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, and Luna bassist Justin Harwood united under the moniker Tuatara (a large, lizardlike animal) to create music that had little in common with anyt... more »
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In 1996 R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, and Luna bassist Justin Harwood united under the moniker Tuatara (a large, lizardlike animal) to create music that had little in common with anything they were doing with their full-time bands. Breaking the Ethers was mystical and resonant, combining swirling Middle Eastern melodies, hip-wiggling Latin percussion, and wafting film music. As innovative as it was, the band's follow-up, Trading with the Enemy, makes the debut seem as mainstream as R.E.M.'s hit "Losing My Religion." This time the group has hooked up with jazz players Steve Berlin (saxophone) and Craig Flory (clarinet) and delivered a multitextured musical hybrid that bounces between straight jazz, funk, film scores, and even Japanese koto music yet somehow flows cohesively from one diverse passage to the next. Influences include soundtrack gurus Bernard Herrmann (Taxi Driver) and Ennio Morricone, smoky-jazz greats Ben Webster and Stan Getz, and pimp daddies like Isaac Hayes. Trading with the Enemy is a refreshing change of pace from your average rock side project and one that easily lives up to each member's lofty reputation. --Jon Wiederhorn
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Tuatara tickles the senses in a manner all it's own
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps, for the most part, there are two types of people who are unable to appreciate tuatara's musical prose: 1) those are are intrumentally inept; and 2) those far too musically adept. But, of course, there really are only two types of people in the world: 1) those who think they can classify other's into two categories; and 2) those who know better. Regardless, tuatara spawns passionate dances one minute only to be followed by intuitive reflections and meditations the next. A must have for the majority of us affectionate with the'fun is just beginning' non-classifiable jazz/world beat fusion bands."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An excellent piece of jazz-cum-rock-cum-latin and whatever have you, this record is both endlessly surprising and still wonderfully coherent. Masterly crafted by a bunch of very talented musicians - you'll only notice they're much more talented than you thought: hear Pearl Jam's Mike Stone playing the piano, Peter Buck on dulcimer, Scott McCaughey on Japanese traditional koto... Made by such an eclectic group of people, this record sounds nevertheless as if made in a jazzman's heaven. Go get it!"
Groovin' music with a "Mission Impossible" flair
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Initially heard a couple of tunes on PRI's "World Cafe". The first one titled "The Streets of New Delhi" reminded me of the theme for Mission Impossible. By the second song, "Fela the Conqueror", I was hooked. So I ended up taking a detour and purchasing the CD before getting home. This CD just grooves, blending music of all forms, from traditional jazz to melodic latin vibes to percussion laden african jams into a sometimes funky, sometimes soothing, always intriguing musical delight. It's worth checking out. You'd never imagine Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame being a part of this band."