The Same And The Other (NFI )
With a name that’s partly culled from an old Charlie Parker-Miles Davis tune, it’s only fitting that this instrumental group specialize in improvisational jazz-rock jams. The Same And The Other is a blistering half-hour exploration of bass, drums and guitar, with tracks like “Good Question” kicking off with random bits of instrumental chatter before locking into insistent grooves. What’s compelling about the album is that even in the absence of lyrics, the songs feel like stories. Unpredictable and energetic, The Same And The Other is a treat for those who don’t cling to traditional song structure.