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Excerpt from the book, “Jambands,” by Dean Budnick, 2003.“Looking for another descriptive term you can employ to characterize the music of your favorite genre-busting, improv-based group? Well, Big Block Dodge, a trio from Asheville, North Carolina, respectfully submits groosion. Frankly, the submission may not be all that respectful, but it’s succinct, evocative, and has flow. Of course, one should expect no less — drummer Robin Tolleson is also a journalist whose work appears regularly in Downbeat, Mix, Modern Drummer, and other publications. In addition to his gig as music scribe, Tolleson is also a crackling kit player whose return to North Carolina in 1999 after a number of years in San Francisco resulted in the formation of Big Block Dodge. Tolleson, who studied under Narada Michael Walden and founded the Bay Area trio Hip Bones (an interesting group in its own right with instrumentation that features drums, bass, and flute), soon met guitarist Bill Altman. Altman had played in a number of local bands over the preceding decade, including the Crystal Zoo. Along with bass player Jeff Hinkle, a staple of the local jazz and blues scene since his mid-teens, the three began writing original instrumentals that bridged collective interests including bebop, Jeff Beck’s mid-’70s efforts, Joe Satriani, and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. A BBD opening slot for Project Z (an apt pairing) resulted in Ricky Keller¹s invitation to record at his Southern Living at Its Finest Studios. Though by no means as ‘broken’ as the sounds of the Z, Big Block Dodge’s songs do incorporate some unconventional time signatures and passages, but they are never too dissonant and often return to groove-laden territory. Altman has described the band¹s music as ‘Gov’t Mule meets Scofield.’ Until ‘Sco-Mule’ becomes jargon rather than just a Grammy-nominated instrumental, groosion should well suffice.
Manifold Destiny (2002) * * * 1/2 A fine sampling of the group’s instrumentals that proves…manifold. Here Big Block Dodge develops some deceptively complex jazz and blues themes while also often working a robust groove.”