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No Seat­tle Soul Jazz ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Of­fi­cial chron­i­cles of the Seat­tle grunge scene usu­ally re­volve around the win­ners: Sub Pop, Nir­vana & co tend to dom­i­nate. But there’s another story to ex­plore, and this com­pi­la­tion of the era’s “for­got­ten sounds” con­cen­trates on it. The bands on dis­play here were also gig­ging and record­ing in the Amer­i­can north­west from 1986 to 1997; while not as high-pro­file as some oth­ers, they made splashes of their own. The story dove­tails with the main Seat­tle nar­ra­tive in that all bands fea­ture mu­si­cians who shared the stage with Nir­vana at some time, while many of those fea­tured went onto greater things. The noise th­ese out­siders made as they blended punk and metal into new shapes is still quite en­tic­ing. Stand-outs are the sass of Kill Sy­bil’s Best, the bol­shie Wood­stock Un­vi­sist-ed from Crunchbird; and The Ones, with Jack Endino on bass, hit­ting a charm­ing garage-rock high with Talk To Me. soul­jaz­zrecords.co.uk

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