Buzz

by Alter Natives

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From AllMusic "The departure of saxophonist Eric Ungar from the Alter-Natives changed the band's sound in more ways than just the loss of an instrument. On Buzz, the group turned from a jazzy sound to one with more connections to progressive and space rock, albeit an unusually concise, powerful, and disciplined version of those genres. Only "Blackhole" gets a bit self-indulgent with the guitar noise during the extended middle section, and even that is more than compensated for by the way the band pulls together for the last few minutes of the track and returns to the delicate main theme. Buzz is an excellent album with inspired playing and some memorable tunes; it's a shame it was the last release from the band."

"The Alter Natives are a frantic, improv-minded combo from Richmond, Virginia's hop-crazed art community. During SST's expansionist days of '86, their all-instrumental, sax-led spazz attack was among the most promising noise the label released. The band's first two LPs, recorded as a quartet, feature sax and flute-playing (Eric Ungar) of a remarkably non-fusionoid stripe; by the time of the third LP, however, the configuration was rock-basic (guitar/bass/drums), and Buzz is an excellent album of aggressive space Hunch." Byron Coley

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released August 4, 1989

Chris Bopst – bass guitar
Greg Ottinger – guitar
Jim Thomson – drums
Paul Watson - trumpet on 'Pudgy'

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Electric Cowbell is a Washington, DC based record label specializing in boutique vinyl releases. Operating under the moniker Multiflora Productions, it is also a multi-faceted agency that specializes in expanding the reach of genre-bending roots-to-the-future music through artist management, event marketing, and music releases. For more records visit our website. ... more

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