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Isotope 217 Discography of CDs


Who Stole the I Walkman? Who Stole the I Walkman? CD (2000)
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Isotope 217 music CDs This third album by Chicago (please don't call them post-rock) experimentalists Isotope 217 fulfills and expands upon the promise of its predecessors. Though plagued with the "Tortoise offshoot" tag from the start, Isotope really establishes its own sound here. The debut album featured slightly tentative--but still forward-looking--BITCHES BREW-isms, the second a bit more electronic flavor. WHO STOLE THE I WALKMAN, however, is a fully realized, sui generis concoction of free jazz, avant garde weirdness, moody electronics, and completely non-retro jazz-rock flourishes. An effective balance between composition and improvisation, lyrical melody and free-wheeling freakout is achieved. If anything, the influence of trumpeter Rob Mazurek's avant-jazz Chicago Underground group plays more of a role here than Tortoise, but admirers of either outfit should be drawn to this recording. 3rd Full Length Isotope 217: Jeff Parker (guitar); Rob Mazurek (cornet); Matt Lux (bass); John Herndon, Dan Bitney (percussion). Engineers: Casey Rice, Malachi Ritscher, Graeme Gibson.
Unstable Molecule Unstable Molecule CD (1997)
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Isotope 217 discography This being a project including members of Tortoise and other Chicago post-rock/new jazz scenesters, the general direction of THE UNSTABLE MOLECULE is pretty much what you'd expect, but that's not to say it doesn't work. Isotope 217 combines the embryonic jazz-rock approach of Herbie Hancock circa SEXTANT and BITCHES BREW-era Miles with a very '90s dubwise cut-and-paste postmodern aesthetic, mixing in '70s funk and a dash of art-rock along the way. The themes are simple and the musicians humble, the focus being on song structure rather than improvisation (the crucial factor that leans MOLECULE closer to "rock" than jazz), making for an uncluttered, propulsive soundscape. Recommended to fans of the aforementioned artists, or the rest of the Thrill Jockey roster. Isotope 217: Jeff Parker (guitar); Rob Mazurek (cornet); Sara P. Smith (trombone); Matt Lux (bass); John Herndon, Dan Bitney (drums, percussion). Recording information: Soma Electronic Music Studio.
Utonian Automatic Utonian Automatic CD (1999)
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Isotope 217 songs Isotope 217 has been described as "jazz without chops," and while it's true that there's little of the traditional emphasis on acrobatic performance, "jazz without borders" is a more apt description. Starting off with a driving, dissonant blast, UTONIAN AUTOMATIC journeys afar before setting a listener down in more tranquil waters. "LUH," a three-part suite, opens in a way that recalls the electric Miles group at its most caustic. Collapsing into chaos, the suite then drops into a drone section that sounds like a detuned digeridoo in the engine room of a dirigible. And so it goes for the rest of the disc: always surprising, always rewarding. UTONIAN AUTOMATIC evokes early fusion, but points it in a refreshing direction. Nice trick. 2nd Full-Length Rel Audio Mixers: John McEntire; Bundy K. Brown. Photographer: Whitney Bradshaw. Unknown Contributor Roles: Dan Bitney; Rob Mazurek. Isotope 217: Jeff Parker (guitar); Rob Mazurek (cornet); Matthew Lux (bass); Dan Bittney, John Herndon (percussion). Personnel: Sara P. Smith (trombone); Dan Bitney, John Herndon (percussion).
Commander Mindfuck Commander Mindfuck CD (1999)
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Isotope 217 CD discography The innovative Chicago collective Isotope 217 delve deeper into the obscure with this project. This EP is essentially a collection of taped live performances that have been remixed by Casey Rice (Designer) and Commander Mindfuck. Musically, Isotope 217 attempt to push the envelope of improvised jazz, and the decision to offer their music to be further tweaked by DJ's ...
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Isotope 217 albums Japanese Exclusive Release Featuring Bonus Tracks. Isotope Is A Side Project Of Tortoise Members Dan Pitney & John Hoendon.

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Isotope 217 CD discography Key Personnel

Member NameWorked With
Rob MazurekChicago Underground Duo, Chicago Underground Trio, Exploding Star Orchestra, Tigersmilk, Bill Dixon, Joan Of Arc, Jim O'Rourke, Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet
Jeff ParkerTortoise, Fred Anderson, Geof Bradfield, Chicago Underground Trio, Dailey & Vincent, Hamid Drake, Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble, Exploding Star Orchestra
John Herndon
Dan Bitney
Matt Lux
Sara P. SmithChicago Underground Orchestra, Rob Mazurek, Tortoise

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