Anytime At All

Banyan - Anytime At All ©1999 CyberOctave
1. Buzzards & Worms
2. Justine
3. Steel Head
4. Looped & Faded
5. Grease The System
6. La Sirena
7. Cactus Soil
8. Keep The Change
9. Lovin' Them Pounds
10. Early Bird
11. Sputnik
12. The Apple & The Seed
13. New Old Hat

Banyan exists as a bit of a supergroup in Los Angeles music circles. As the brainchild of Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins, Banyan collects the talents of a wide selection of musicians from the Southern California world and assembles them into a somewhat jazzy, light and breezy jam festival that offers a reasonable amount of fun, if not a bit lightweight on memorable material. You figure if you can get the likes of John Frusciante, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Buckethead, Flea and others onto the same record, there is going to be ample reason to check out the results. Anytime at All is indeed a record that acts as a vehicle to show off the incredible talent. There is a lot of great percussion, some fun jam sessions and proof that all these people, with varying musical backgrounds from punk to proto-alternative rock, can play a style that would appeal to a jazz set. My biggest letdown is that the jam-happy style is a bit too much of indulgence of ability and not quite enough emphasis on great songwriting. While I hardly dislike this record, this is far from compelling and only seems to get airplay when I want groovy but ultimatey undemanding background music.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/2000

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