Great Sage, Equal Of Heaven

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Fourth album from the early incarnation of Guapo, prior to the release of 'Five Suns' on Cuneiform and 'Black Oni' on Ipecac. Originally released on Pandemonium Records in Europe and tUMULt Records in the USA in 2001.

"Guapo's core lineup on this album is the duo of drummer Dave Smith and bassist/guitarist Matt Thompson, joined on half the tracks by guest musician Caroline Kraabel on saxophone. Despite the limited lineup, this is still a fairly diverse album of loose-limbed, often catchy instrumental prog rock with Eastern European overtones and a few free jazz touches.

A couple of the songs, "Sakura" and "Mountain of the Five Elements" (which gets reprised in the 16-minute closer "El Topo"), follow simple, almost march-like rhythms, while others, such as "Five Cornered Square" and the brief, distortion-heavy "Ten Years of Heisei," get into a more convoluted prog-noise vein comparable to Ruins (although Guapo tends not to get quite as complex or busy as those guys, opting instead to leave a little more breathing room in the songs).

In addition to some memorable tunes, there is also plenty of excellent instrumental work, including Smith's manic drum soloing on "Zero for Conduct" and Kraabel's John Zorn-evoking alto sax blowing on a couple of tracks. All in all, an enjoyable album that should appeal to more than just die-hard prog rock followers." ~ William York, AllMusic

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released September 1, 2001

Matt Thompson – bass, electronics, guitar
Dave Smith – drums, percussion

Caroline Kraabel – alto saxophone, baritone saxophone (tracks 2, 4, 6, 7)
John Edwards – double bass (track 7)
Andy Thompson – MiniMoog (track 8)

Recorded by Pete Lyons at Zed One Studios
Artwork – Nuvish

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