Lingua Franca (CD-EP)
A heavy jazz rock supergroup of sorts that comes completely out of left field. T.R.A.M. consists of Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes (both from Animals As Leaders) on guitars, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez (The Mars Volta) on flute, sax, bass clarinet, and Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies) on drums. Yeah - weird lineup and considering where these guys come from, the music is really a shocker. This is a full blown jazz rock album with some heavier moments without veering into metal territory. Terrazas-Gonzalez' sax and flute is often the lead instrument but there is plenty of interplay between the AAL guys creating tons of fireworks. As I'm trying to convey there is serious blowing going on here and at times it can get a bit skronky but it rarely strays far from a melody. At times the guitarists interlock reminding a bit of Fripp and Belew. So you've got this really cool jazz thing mixed with prog rock and nice crunchy bits all coming from guys that you would never expect would make music like this. Highly recommended.