Debut from Sowet Kinch's drummer mixes straightahead blowing with soul and funk flavours.
Peter Marsh 2006-06-19
Troy Miller is the seemingly octopoidal drummer in Soweto Kinch's band (anyone who's seen them live will know what I mean), and this is his first solo release.
Helping out are familiar names like Jason Rebello and Jean Toussaint plus fellow Kinch bandmates, guitarist Femi Tonowo and bassist Michael Olatuja. For much of the album the focus is on straightahead blowing tunes with some tricky rhythmic devices chucked in for good measure.
Elsewhere there are a couple of vocal tracks and a few nods in the direction of fusion, which make the album a little less cohesive (though this is often the case with solo projects like this one). The slightly indifferent production doesn't help either.
But Miller is most definitely a name to watch. Check his work on "Mr R.P" or "Redemptions Reason" for proof - his explosive, joyous soloing brings to mind the wondrous Billy Kilson. Likewise, his empathy with the much missed Rebello is worth noting too. How's about a trio next time?