MCH BAND: Live (dbl CD)
Mikolas Chadima, Czech troublemaker and survivor, with a collection of great live recordings from 1985, 2002 and 2003. In another world he would have been a major figure; he has the intensity, the discipline, the imagination and the steady depth that makes a great performer and bandleader. His unique brand of rock is quirky, tinged with avant-garde detail and thinking, but remains categorically rock; steady and powerful, never callow or shallow. He's a phenomenon and much under-rated. These pieces sound good, are solid and nuanced, and range quite far, musically. For old fashioned craftsmanship, with an adamantine edge; this is the goods.