10 East is the highway that leaves Los Angeles toward the cities of the desert and "Extraterrestial Highway" is the soundtrack/homage that has been created by these four veteran musicians from the Coachella Valley scene: Gary Arce (Yawning Man, The Sort Of Quartet), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Orquesta del Desierto, Yawning Man), Brant Bjork (Kyuss, The Bros) and Bill Stinson (Chuck Dukowski Sextet (Cd6), Greg Finn, Fastgato HOR, Dessau). Four of the most productive, interesting and honest musicians of the whole underground rock scene that don't need introduction for anyone who's been on track of what happened inside rock music during the last 10 or 15 years. Not only because Gary Arce and Mario Lalli commandet the desert scene (from which Kyuss would arise) with bands like Across The River, Yawning Man or Sort Of Quartet but for all their implication with the punk/alternative movement that was created and fed by SST in the 80's with bands like Black Flag or Saccharine Trust and that served of quarry and inspiration to many 90's key bands; from Reh Hot Chili Peppers to Queens Of The Stone Age, passing through Sonic Youth, Jane's Addiction or Soundgarden. And the fact is that while Brant Bjork conquered the 90's heavy rock with the already legendary Kyuss, Gary Arce, Mario Lalli and Bill Stinson were tanned in jams with musicians like Greg Ginn, Mike Watt, Nels Cline or Chuck Dukowski and they learned, listening to albums by Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk or Sonny Sharrock. All this delivered several projects that are summarized now, someway, in Ten East, where the four musicians show themselves relaxed and leave us to take out a bit of all those influences, transmitting the unique feeling of spontaneity and ease of a jazz quartet. Because Ten East offers something that seems to be forgotten nowadays, the feeling of a real album, full of alive music, without contrivances at studio and months of recording sessions. Four musicians that gather to create something special just being based in their talent and whose only goal is the creation of sincere and honest music. Something as evident and difficult to find nowadays.
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