Delving into the raw spirit of sound, an iconoclastic development where jazz is but a hint, and theme is the real master. The Avi Granite:5 'bring it' in every way possible. From a Spanish hit-man to surf-rock and back, in one track~ Hortez the Chihuahua is the hit single which spans these great intervals of thought. There is a sense of humor about it, but there is an even greater sense of hitting the root. The root of being, the sheer consciousness of these musicians is present in every moment. The grace of breath, a circular sound. You will feel it... you will feel it burning with life, or as they put it: roasting your tats with the fury of a banshee! Avi Granite:5 - the self titled debut release on pet mantis records is made up of 3 studio tracks and 2 live tracks recorded at the rex in Toronto. The CD features Fraser Calhoun (alto saxophone), Tom Richards (trombone), Avi Granite (electric guitar), Neal Davis (double bass), Kevin Brow (drums) and guest on track 5 Jon Kay (tenor saxophone). The songs span dark passages to cerebral celebrations, undulating with groove and trancelike meditations. -- 'The self-titled debut CD from electric guitarist Granite's band shows off catchy hooks, complex riffs, big dynamic shifts, thoughtful soloing, undulating rhythm, dense ensembles - in short, it's a group-in-progress you'll want to check out live. Granite, who composed the five pieces, is joined by trombonist Tom Richards, bass Neal Davis and drummer Kevin Brow with reed duties shared by Fraser Calhoun and Jon Kay. Best track? The wonky 'Hortez the Chihuahua.' -Geoff Chapman Toronto Star.