Enemy was an obscure punk outfit that hailed from New Zealand. Formed in the late '70s, the group is best known in their homeland for such singles as "Punks Alive" and "Fallen Hero." The band's full-length debut album, Gateway to Hell, was issued in 1983, and although it became increasingly hard to find over the years, was reissued on CD, containing ten bonus tracks (many of which were rare singles). The '90s also saw the release of a pair of concert albums recorded back in May of 1978 -- Pull Down the Shades and Iggy Told Me. ~ Greg Prato
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Jazz - Released May 25, 2018 | Edition Records
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Right hook, left jab, uppercut! The first album from Enemy makes a radical entrance. Behind the name is the young trio of; pianist Kit Downes, bassist Frans Petter Eldh and drummer James Maddren. Three young faces of the international jazz scene who have already made a name for themselves in solo careers or alongside other pathbreakers. They have joined forces in order to give free rein to their creative impulses and their hunger for freedom. Produced by Eldh himself, this album is very physical: a tidal wave of contemporary jazz. It's a polyrhythmic storm which will delight fans of power trios in the style of the Bad Plus. With a bubbling brew of influences running from Keith Jarrett to Oscar Peterson, Kit Downs sketches out some mind blowing multicoloured improvisations. But the strength of the Brit's piano clearly lies in the way it sticks so closely to the rhythms of Eldh and Maddren, who are the core of this jazz reactor. But Enemy isn't just a byword for power and racing rhythms. When the trio take on ballads, they also unleash a captivating narrative force. Enemy: much friendlier than they look… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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