Jerry Granelli Music Has Its Way With Me

Is it hip-hop? Or, is it jazz? Really, it’s equal parts hip-hop and jazz while not actually being either. It is more like the intersection point between Medeski, Martin & Wood, the Roots and MC 900 Ft Jesus. Stinkin’ Rich (aka Buck 65) breathes spoken word abstractions over free form guitar, bass, drums and Moog, along with his own brand of turntable antics. Although Buck 65 often takes centre stage on this project, the record really belongs to percussionist Jerry Granelli and the rest of the band, especially considering only slightly more than half of the songs require the presence of Buck 65. The band creates some nice tracks that have a live jam feel, making for a record that may not please everyone. However, listened to as a whole recording it is easy to understand the title. If you like music with a little difference, than Granelli’s Music Has Its Way With Me might just have its way with you. (Perimeter)