The Dylan Group
No. Not that Dylan. What Jethro Tull did for the flute, what Gryphon did for the bassoon, what Canned Heat did for people who can't sing - will The Dylan Group do the same for the marimba? At the very least, they're in excellent company - with Chicago-based favorites Tortoise well known for their unabashed performances of incredible feats of marimba-infused derring-do. But I find the Dylan Group's take to be quite a bit meatier. I also have to give them credit for being the only band aside from Soul Coughing I have heard do a good job with drum'n'bass rhythm structures played on real, non-electronic instruments (on one of their studio recordings). I had an opportunity to see them open for Macha a while ago in Los Angeles - I have to say that I was surprised at how well Dylan and his friends managed to match the rhythmic power of Macha's set. Not an easy feat. If you go see them, be sure to stop by and say 'hi' to them after the show - they're awfully nice folks.
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