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2 L 8 2 B Normal

by The Pitts Minnemann Project

Jimmy Pitts, Marco Minnemann, and a gang of monster players laying down some serious Fusion/Prog!
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. The Welcome Mat of My Mind
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2. Sneaking Suspicions
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3. Envy Becomes a Motherfunker
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4. Haters, Please
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5. In Danger of Deceit
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6. Heavy Thoughts Here My Friend
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7. An Unhealthy Aversion to Tribe Mentality
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8. Clique Clash or Friends As Foes
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9. Gaining Steam As a Cordial Misanthrope
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10. Regarding Jazz & White Women
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11. March of the Dissidents
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12. We're Not in Kansas Anymore
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13. You Humor Me, Truly
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14. Pretentious I
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15. Nothin' Funny 'bout That
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16. Depressed Russians in Space
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17. Can't Take the Metal Outta Me
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18. Falling Off the Evil Wagon
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19. Conspirators Diatribe
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20. Angry Robots
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21. Down, But Hopeful
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22. A Little Time Alone
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23. Violent Wankery
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24. Aggressive Repeat Offender
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25. Reflecting Indecision
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26. I Over U
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27. Farewells Are Saddish
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jimmy Pitts began his progressive journey as keyboardist/composer with the avant-garde metal band Scholomance on The End Records in the early 1990's. Since then he has performed a diverse array of music, from jazz festivals with the Mikhal Caldwell group, to performing on cds ranging from obscure Classical, soundtrack, and world music, to the frenetic metal intensity of Ron Jarzombek's Spastic Ink. Along with his primary project The Fractured Dimension, Jimmy has worked with such acclaimed artists as Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) and Alex Machacek. With a goal of constant musical curiosity and artistic growth, there were two projects with Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats) put into motion. One is an unreleased heavy fusion quartet with fretless guitar wizard Fountainhead and bassist Jerry Twyford. The other is Jimmy's own version of Normalizer 2, featuring a wealth of virtuoso guitarists and bassists, a saxophonist, a violinist, and of course, bombastic keyboards and drums. This addition to the Normalizer 2 family is entitled Pitts Minnemann Project - 2 L 8 2 B Normal and is based on various mood swings over the course of its composition and thus reflects a broad range of musical styles.

Guests:
Guitarists Fountainhead, Jeremy Barnes, Pete Pachio, Bill Bruce, Joe McCroskey
Bassists Ray Riendeau (Halford, James Labrie), Cheikh Ndoye, Jerry Twyford, Jeff Williams, Eddie Kohen
Saxophonist Joshua Thomson
Violinist Joe Deninzon (Stratospherius)

ALSO AVAILABLE ON CDBABY:
The Fractured Dimension - Towards the Mysterium
NEW! Jimmy Pitts - A Passage for Zoe
NEW! Jimmy Pitts - Triumphant Descent

In the Works:
The Fractured DImension 2
Pitts Minnemann Project 2
An unnamed project with Hannes Grossmann


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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-ZINE

Those who appreciate Prog-Fusion with a large dose of 70’s “Progressiveness” .
The Pitts / Minnemann Project is a Prog-Jazz-Fusion project that combines the talents of super-keyboardist Jimmy Pitts and mega-drummer Marco Minnemman. Jimmy Pitts began his musical career in the early 1990’s with the Avant-garde Metal band “Scholomance”. Since then he has either performed or recorded all kinds of music with different artists and bands, such as the “Mikhal Caldwell Group” (Jazz), “Ron Jarzombek’s Spastic Ink” (Tech-Metal), “Plodding Misery” (Death Metal); or with his projects “Wilder” (80's Metal with “Carmen Wilder”), “WolfenHyde” (Gothic Rock), “GraveToons” (Gothabilly), and “The Fractured Dimension” (a Jazz-Fusion-Metal trio reviewed at PR&PM in 2009). Marco Minnemann is a requested drummer who produced four albums with his own band “Illegal Aliens” and 11 solo albums. Minnemann has also performed, recorded, and toured with artists such as “Paul Gilbert”, “Eddie Jobson”, “Steven Wilson”, “Kreator”, “Necrophagist”, “Adrian Belew”, “Nena”, “Udo Lindenberg”, “Mike Keneally”, “Trey Gunn”, “The Buddy Rich Big Band”, and others. He also toured with “Terry Bozzio” and “Chad Wackerman” in a drummer-trio in 2006, and is presently performing with his own trio “The Aristocrats”. Pitts and Minnemann have two projects in motion. One is an unreleased Heavy-Fusion quartet (featuring guitarist “Fountainhead” and bassist “Jerry Twyford”). The other is Jimmy’s own version of “Normalizer 2” (a conceptual project created by Minnemann), and is entitled “The Pitts / Minnemann Project – 2 L 8 2 B Normal”. The album was self-released under the Twist Tone label in June 2012, and officially released by Russian label MALS Records in October 2012. It brings a single, free-flowing instrumental composition divided in 27 tracks that was based on Jimmy’s “Mood Swings Concept”, which encompasses a broad range of musical styles. The record features contributions of many skilled guest musicians (see below). “2 L 8 2 B Normal” is really an amazing and surprising Prog-Fusion album. Featuring great instrumental performances by both core members and guests – always eclectic, exciting, and unpredictable, sometimes even improvised, but never lacking technical precision – this album surely stands among the best Fusion albums released in 2012. Along its 27 tracks (too many for individual comments), the music goes from different moods like cool and hectic to raging or contemplative, transposing atmospheric realms that go from Cosmic to Deep Dark. Either being mid-length or short, the tracks have always something interesting or unexpected to offer to the listener. The array of influences and musical tastes that this record may reach is enormous. Those who appreciate Prog-Fusion with a large dose of 70’s “Progressiveness” on it (with influences of “Eddie Jobson”, “Jean-Luc Ponty”, “Alan Holdsworth”, “Steve Lukather”, “Steve Vai” and even “ELP” and “The Dregs”) will be delighted with the opening tracks “The Welcome Mat of My Mind” and “Sneaking Suspicions” (with great sax by Joshua Thomson); and be astonished by the frantic pianos and drums of the epic “In Danger of Deceit” (with great bass work of Jeff Williams and recalling the grandeur of “ELP”). Listeners may get a little sad with “Depressed Russians in Space” (which recalls “The Dregs” because of Joe Deninzon‘s violin), but will fly it over thanks to Pete Pachio’s beautiful guitar solo on “Down, But Hopeful”. Having the same stamina of modern Prog-Fusion outfits like “Liquid Tension Experiment”, “Planet X”, “Derek Sherinian”, “Niacin”, “CAB”, and “Jordan Rudess”, the tracks “Haters, Please” and “Gaining Steam As a Cordial Misanthrope” called my attention by their completely alien nature. And speaking of aliens, the “Zappa-Vai” duo is remembered on the odd metrics of “Heavy Thoughts Here My Friend”, and on the orientalism of “Pretentious I”. Also some tints of “King Crimson” are perceived on some tracks, especially on the tribal drumming and cosmic guitars and keyboards of “Clique Clash or Friends As Foes”. The Progressive-Metal, Tech and Death-Metal with influences of “Spastic Ink”, “Cynic”, “Jason Becker”, “Dream Theater”, and “Panzer Ballet” is wildly represented on a sequence of four Prog-Metal pieces with fearsome synths that begins with “Can't Take the Metal Outta Me” and ends up on the accelerated “Angry Robots”. The final tracks of the album recall the style of bands like “Al Di Meola”, “Weather Report”, and “Mahavishnu Orchestra”, paralleled on the tranquil “Aggressive Repeat Offender”, on the sophisticated “Reflecting Indecision”, and on the subtle “Farewells Are Saddish”. The Pitts / Minnemann partnership shall be enthusiastically welcomed by the Prog-Fusion community: “2 L 8 2 B Normal” is a brilliant and distinguishing album, highly recommended for fans of “Illegal Aliens”, “Mike Keneally”, “Terry Bozzio”, “Chad Wackerman”, “Eddie Jobson”, “Jean-Luc Ponty”, “Alan Holdsworth”, “Steve Lukather”, “Steve Vai” “The Dregs”, “Liquid Tension Experiment”, “Planet X”, “Derek Sherinian”, “Niacin”, “CAB”, “Jordan Rudess”, “Frank Zappa”, “King Crimson”, “Spastic Ink”, “Cynic”, “Jason Becker”, “Dream Theater”, “Panzer Ballet”, “Weather Report”, “Mahavishnu Orchestra”, and so on… Band members and collaborators involved in The Pitts / Minnemann Project are: Jimmy Pitts – Keyboards, Piano, Theremin, Sampling, Midi Guitar/Bass, Mood Swings Concept and Production; Marco Minnemann – Drums and Normalizer 2 Concept. Guest Musicians: Bassists: Eddie Kohen (1,4,13,14); Cheikh Ndoye (15); Ray Riendeau (24); Jerry Twyford (2,3,4,6,10,12,17,18,19,25); Jeff Williams (1,3,4,,5,11,21,27). Guitarists: Jeremy Barnes (1,6,18); Bill Bruce (1,9,17,18,27); Fountainhead (1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,15,16,24,25,26); Joe McCroskey (19); Pete Pachio (4,21). Saxophone: Joshua Thomson (2). Violin: Joe Deninzon (16). Mastered by Pitts/Bruce; Compositions by Pitts & Minnemann; Cover Art by Marion Kalmar; Photo by Savannah Stevinson-Pitts; Design by J. Allen Williams. Complete track list: 1. “The Welcome Mat of My Mind” (3:37); 2. “Sneaking Suspicions” (3:24); 3. “Envy Becomes a Motherfunker” (1:27); 4. “Haters, Please” (1:44); 5. “In Danger of Deceit” (4:02); 6. “Heavy Thoughts Here My Friend” (3:07); 7. “An Unhealthy Aversion to Tribe Mentality” (1:10); 8. “Clique Clash or Friends As Foes” (0:42); 9. “Gaining Steam As a Cordial Misanthrope” (3:45); 10. “Regarding Jazz & White Women” (1:20); 11. “March of the Dissidents” (0:28); 12. “We're Not in Kansas Anymore” (0:41); 13. “You Humor Me, Truly” (0:37); 14. “Pretentious I” (1:09); 15. “Nothin' Funny 'bout That” (1:19); 16. “Depressed Russians in Space” (2:36); 17. “Can't Take the Metal Outta Me” (3:03); 18. “Falling Off the Evil Wagon” (1:35); 19. “Conspirators Diatribe” (2:42); 20. “Angry Robots” (1:17); 21. “Down, But Hopeful” (2:26); 22. “A Little Time Alone” (0:53); 23. “Violent Wankery” (1:20); 24. “Aggressive Repeat Offender” (2:55); 25. “Reflecting Indecision” (2:36); 26. “I Over U” (0:23); 27. “Farewells Are Saddish” (1:40).

Mark Baston

Planet X meets ELP on steroids
Here we have another great release of 2012. Prog Jazz Fusion fans can rejoice in the "Pitts Minneman Project" that is Jimmy Pitts and Marco Minneman and a wonderful array of guests who have pushed the boundaries of music (as Prog should be). Marco as a drum god needs no introduction and Jimmy's wonderful unique keyboard sound create very memorable music. This is definitely not for the mainstream but will surely appeal to those who enjoy the technical-eclectic, possible self indulgent aspect of music. An instant little gem for sure!!