CD Review: Elephant Wrecking Ball "Barren Serenade"

Bass clef heaven by way of Berklee and Brooklyn.
By Chris Jisi ,

Bass clef heaven by way of Berklee and Brooklyn. EWB (trombonist Scott Flynn, drummer Neal Evans, and bassist Dan Africano) describe themselves as a monophonic trio trying to sound as big as a power trio. Mission accomplished on their debut studio disc, as Evans and Africano (subsonic on his P-Bass with a Gibson EB pickup) deliver deep, fat, dub, funk, and fuzz-rock grooves for Flynn’s ambient, effects-enhanced trombone. Tracks like “Stomp, Stomp, Stomp” and “Mountain Lion” pivot on the compelling counterpoint between bass and ’bone, while “This Is How We Slow Dance” morphs into free jazz, but there’s also the pure melody and sympathetic support of “Erin’s Song.”