Kudos to Bob Tildesley,
whose Indigenous Aliens turned in a superb performance at the Yardbird Suite
this past Saturday.
The septet created bold and
rich soundscapes that utilized both the organic and electronic veins of
music-making and everyone on stage was given ample room to show their
strengths as both ensemble players and soloists.
Original pieces, and original
interpretations of material from sources like Ornette Coleman, were dished
out with such a strong collective vision that the crowd was locked into
every shift the band made.
Everyone in the band deserves
to be singled out, but both guitarist Mo Lefever and saxophonist
Brett Miles hit home runs on a couple of occasions. Not since Miles
worked with Lester Quitzau has he delivered such rich and riveting solos
that spoke with authority, clarity and conviction.
The rhythm-meter was also
pinned on a number of occasions as Cliff Minchau and Dwayne
Hrynkiw locked into deep grooves that gave Tildesley and Bill
Jamieson a springboard-like foundation from which to explore pieces.
Too bad there arenít more
venues inviting this band to play, as this is one fan who is convinced that
the Indigenous Aliens could build quite a following given the opportunity.