New Release: DOUBT “Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love” is out


Dear friends in music
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, Caravan 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 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!

ALEX MAGUIRE keyboards
MICHEL DELVILLE guitar, Roland GR09, samples
TONY BIANCO drums, sequencer

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DOUBT “Never Pet A Burning Dog”
With moods and registers ranging from heavy-rock riffs, to cosmic grooves, to more lyrical and pastoral flavors, douBt’s debut release is amazing in its’ intensity and magnitude. This new power electric jazz trio — featuring Alex Maguire (Hatfield and the North, Elton Dean), Michel Delville (The Wrong Object) and Tony Bianco (Dave Liebman) — combines the energy of rock, the spirit of free-jazz and the lyricism of post-Canterbury Nu-Jazz. The record also features guest contributions from Canterbury legend Richard Sinclair on vocals and bass.

What was said about DOUBT and previous album “Never Pet A Burning Dog”

“The talent on board makes for a song cycle where the unique writing seems queued for each of its members. These guys can read each other like maps. douBt has something for … well, just about anyone with itchy ears and an appetite for fecthing experimentation.” – John Ephland/ DOWNBEAT

“At times loud and hard rock-faced, with heavy metal casts with rhythm changes, or thrusting with loose, raw power, the trio is not shy in turning up the volume and the gothic dread dynamics. A developing voice to keep close tabs on in the future.” – Michael G. Nastos/ ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“The most impressive thing about this trio is the sheer volume and intensity of sound they produce. A musical tsunami which lives up to the achievements of Cream, Jimmy Hendrix, Miles Davis’s electric band, The Tony Williams Lifetime and the Soft Machine quartet.” – Maurizio Comandini/ ALL ABOUT JAZZ ITALY

“Ferocious fusion (or cosmic jazz-rock, if you prefer) for the 21st century performed by a stunning power-trio. Jazz purists and snobs beware!” – Arnaldo Souteiro/ THE JAZZ STATION (Brazil)

“douBt proves that even these days you can still produce new and exciting music while remaining anchored in the “tradition. Absolutely essential!” – Ingo Andruschkewitsch/ MUSIK AN SICH (Germany)

“douBt is one of the heavier bands on Moonjune’s roster, with a penchant for descending into distorted guitar riffs that wouldn’t be out of place on a heavy metal record. But the trio also shows itself capable of venturing into chillingly subdued jazz excursions. There’s plenty of talent here that bears watching.” – Christopher Lim/ THE BUSINESS TIMES (Singapore)

“douBt combines the power of rock, the adventurous spirit of free jazz and the informal beauty of the post-Canterbury school. The trio also gets close to the jazz-rock experiments of Tony Williams’s Lifetime while pointing to post-punk progressive jazz. A new discovery for all jazz-rock aficionados.” – Francis Grosse/ HARMONIE MAGAZINE (France)


MACHINE MASS TRIO “As Real As Thinking”
Originally born as a side-project of douBt, this new trio led by Tony Bianco (on drums and loops) and Michel Delville (on guitar, bouzouki and live effects) also includes emerging Belgian talent Jordi Grognard on saxophones, bass clarinet and flute. An amazing mix of fiery licks, catchy themes, telepathic rhythms, shamanic soundscapes and processed loops — testifying to the bands compositional flair and extraordinary musicianship — that will appeal to fans of progressive jazz, world music and rock audiences with an ear for the unusual. (DAVE LIEBMAN has joined MMT on sax, new studio album of MMT out in late Spring 2013)


THE WRONG OBJECT “Stories From The Shed”
The Belgian heavy avant-prog-jazz-rock combo returns with a brand new studio release of classic instrumentation and sonic landscapes. Chocked full of heavy guitar riffs, extravagant jazz themes and electronica, this CD marks a revisit to the rockier and densely-overdriven stance that characterized the band’s earlier productions. With influences ranging from Zappa to Squarepusher, to Soft Machine and Electric Miles, to Stravinsky and Bela Bartok, this album surprises with its genre-defying compositions, adept improvisations and intricate arrangements. One of MoonJune’s critically best acclaimed albums. The long awaited new studio album to be released in Spring of 2013.


ELTON DEAN & THE WRONG OBJECT “The Unbelievable Truth”
Recorded live in Paris in October 2005, less than four months before Elton Dean’s passing, this landmark release demonstrates the command of the late British saxophonist. Highlighting both compositional skills and improvisational abilities, the group covers music of Zappa-esque complexity to music reminiscent of Dean’s 1970s tenure with Soft Machine. Featuring fine playing by all, the group performs some of their brilliant, quirky originals as well as versions of some of Dean’s best-loved tunes, documenting how he remained a vital force to the very end.


Alex assembles a fine team of Belgian progressive jazz musicians, to launch a repertoire encompassing lyrical balladry, thick grooves, haunting melodies, free improvisation and high-energy interaction. Maguire’s sextet features Jean-Paul Estievenart on trumpet, Michel Delville on guitar and guitar-synth, Damien Polard on bass, and Laurent Delchambre on drums (all four are members of MoonJune recording artists, The Wrong Object) — as well as accomplished saxophonist, Robin Verheyen. A masterful brew of choice musical ingredients. (This album is temporarily out of stock, but some copies still available on Amazon.)

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