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Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love  
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The internationally-acclaimed power trio returns with their highly-anticipated, second full-length release for Moonjune Records. Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love is a concept album deriving its inspiration as much from William Blake’s visionary aesthetics (the title is taken from the poet’s "Songs of Innocence and Experience") as from a diversity of 20th-century musical icons -- ranging from Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, Stevie Wonder and Tortoise, to Igor Stravinsky and Olivier Messiaen.

Rather than a linear sequence describing one musical event, this record is a multilayered sonic adventure that has a lot of stuff going on. Alternately fiery and mellow, groovy and meditative, Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love is a marked departure from the free-rock and -jazz models of its predecessor (the much-praised Never Pet a Burning Dog) and is rooted in the trio’s most inspirational rock sources.

Offering hard-edged, straight-ahead beats, jazzy ballads, and even a cover version of Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” which is bound to set your ears on fire, this album is filled with furious guitars riffs, progressive keyboard extravaganzas, and monstrous, thundering drums. Play it loud!

 
 
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8. There Is A War Going On (reprise) (1:18)
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11. No More Quarrel With The Devil (reprise) (1:14)
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PERSONNEL
ALEX MAGUIRE: keyboards
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MICHEL DELVILLE: guitar, Roland GR09, samples
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TONY BIANCO: drums, sequencer
PRODUCTION
Recorded on April 11 and December 5, 2011, at Studio Simonne, Brussels, Belgium.
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Mixed & mastered by David Minjauw, on January 2012, at Studio Simonne, Brussels, Belgium.
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Produced by douBt.
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Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic
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"... a fiery document of progfusion.

"... a raucously metallic sound rampaging all over the progressive heavysiding map ... a killer method for demonstrating that ingenuity is just as deftly illustrated in relative quietude as in apocalyptic madness."

- Mark S. Tucker, FAME

"... Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love sees Alex Maguire (keyboards), Michel Delville (guitars, Roland GR09, samples), and Tony Bianco (drums, sequencers) once again looking to stretch the boundaries of instrumental music, and they've done a fine job.

"... it's not really jazz, not really prog, not really heavy rock or avant-garde, but yet it's all of those genres and more ... It's something that needs to be heard to be believed, folks.

"This is adventurous, bold, risk-taking music from a trio that knows no boundaries and are not opposed to travel into previously uncharted waters. If you are not afraid to be challenged, then this will be a listening experience that you won't soon forget."

"4-1/2 Stars (of a possible 5)"

- Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility

"Both brash and calculating, the international trio douBt (yes, the capitalization is in the right place) has set out to do what few these days outside of Medeski Martin and Wood has been capable of doing: bring the fury of a rock and funk-minded power trio to the nimbler vagaries of modern and avant garde jazz. On their sophomore release, they make a firm case for entry into that rare club.

"The Jimi Hendrix cover of “Purple Haze” serves to make an important influence overt, but while Delville is faithful to Hendrix’s signature riffing on that song, Maguire is deconstructing the harmonic foundation and building it back up in a Canterbury way. The performance answers the question of how Soft Machine might have sounded with Jimi in their band, which would have made one hell of a combination.

"douBt distills an astonishingly wide range of influences into an album that’s unpredictable but also one that holds together well. Whether you want to call this prog rock, fusion jazz or whack jazz, Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love can also be called a major step forward in the evolution of a small band with big musical ambition."

- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews

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ARTIST PROFILE

Alex Maguire has established himself as one of Britain’s most talented and exciting keyboard player, one who straddles across the boundaries of progressive rock (Hatfield and the North, Richard Sinclair’s RSVP, …), electric jazz (Psychic Warrior, Pip Pyle’s Bash, …) and improvised music (Evan Parker, Elton Dean, Alex Maguire-Michael Moore Duo, Tony Oxley, Han Bennink, …). His recent releases include the eponymously named and Portugal-based Wishful Thinking (Cleanfeed) and Alex Maguire Sextet’s Brewed in Belgium (Moonjune Records). Having studied with John Cage and Howard Riley he went on to perform, broadcast and record throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He is currently working on a spoken word with piano set in collaboration with British novelist Jonathan Coe.

Michel Delville was born in Liege, Belgium. He has been performing and composing alternative music since the mid-1980s. His most recent projects include the internationally acclaimed Nu-Rock-Jazz quintet The Wrong Object (2003- ), a band which has collaborated with luminaries of British jazz such as Elton Dean, Harry Beckett and Annie Whitehead, and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their latest studio album, Stories from the Shed, released in 2008, has generated countless raving reviews in such leading publications as Jazzwise, Guitar Player, Musica Jazz and All About Jazz. Other recent projects include Belgian-Swiss punk-jazz combo TZGIV, Belgo-Dutch rock quintet The Moving Tones, Alex Maguire Sextet, and Ed Mann & Friends.

Tony Bianco was born in New York City. He has played and recorded with some of the most influential musicians of the international jazz scene, such as Dave Liebman, Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Elton Dean, Alex von Schlippenbach, Simon Picard, Reggie Workman, Paul Rutherford, Keith Tippett, Paul Rogers, Elliot Levine, Marcio Mattos, Luther Thomas, Jay Oliver and John Edwards. The sheer diversity of his discography reflects his need to be “loose and tense, free and strict” combine the sounds of straight and free jazz, closed and open form. His most recent releases include Vesuvius (Alex von Schlippenbach/Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Tony Bianco; SLAM), Line Ish (Tony Bianco/Dave Liebman/Tony Marino; EMANEM) and In a Western Sense (33Records) as well as the more groovy and post-Milesian experiments of Free Beat (w. Elton Dean and John Wilkinson) and Monkey Dance (feat. Dave Liebman), on which he performs on drums, bass and piano.

Artists Website:
www.myspace.com/doubt3

Image: MoonJune Records recording artists douBt, performing live in Japan, in 2010.
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