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Tamandua's hard-hitting debut album, Eternal Anteater of the Universe, is now available on Bennett Alliance Records. The CD is available for purchase. The group just performed their much anticipated CD release concert in Boston.
Tamandua is the newest prog-influenced instrumental trio to come out of the Boston scene. Labels are hardly accurate, but the band plays a sort of progressive/avant-garde jazz-rock that is often influenced by various Eastern (Indian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern) ethnic music.

Drummer/composer Rick Landwehr was a founding member of Ann Arbor, MI based progressive rock/pop band Ape 7. In addition to Tamandua he currently plays with The Boston Jazz Trio, Colin Stack & Novelty Act, and Daniel Bennett Group. He is also a faculty member at the National Guitar Workshop's New Milford, CT campus. Guitarist/composer Joe Conley played on Chris Opperman's Purple Crayon album which was produced by Frank Zappa alum Mike Keneally.

He also recently performed and recorded with Boston based indie rockers Molecule and is a member of The Boston Jazz Trio. Saxophonist/composer Rick Stone performs with Quartet of Happiness and Colin Stack & Novelty Act. - allaboutjazz.com


I've been treated to some pretty inventive material this month and the music coming from Tamandua's new CD, Eternal Anteater of the Universe is no exception.

Utilizing an unconforming approach to their music by employing only drums, guitar and sax/clarinet, the trio of guitarist Joe Conley, drummer Rick Landwehr and sax/clarinetist Rick Stone squeeze every ounce of inspiration out of their respective instruments to achieve their sound. There's no tape loops, sampling or drum machines in the mix. This is improvisational, free-from, jam-jazz at its most basic, refined point. Uncharted and ever shifting, Tamandua enjoys skating over the edge of tradition and they do so with seemingly fearless abandon. Most songs clock in around five minutes or more so there's lots of improv to absorb. Seek something out of the ordinary and I can guarantee Tamandua will be at the top of your list. - Metronome


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Eternal Anteater of the Universe
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Tamandua is a sax/guitar/drums trio based in Boston, MA. Labels are hardly accurate, but the band plays a sort of progressive/avant-garde jazz-rock that is often influenced by various Eastern (Indian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern) ethnic music. Drummer/composer Rick Landwehr was a founding member of Ann Arbor, MI based progressive rock/pop band Ape 7. In addition to Tamandua he currently plays with The Boston Jazz Trio, Colin Stack & Novelty Act, Daniel Bennett Group and Ra Quintet. He is also a faculty member at the National Guitar Workshop's New Milford, CT campus. Guitarist/composer Joe Conley played on Chris Opperman's Purple Crayon album which was produced by Frank Zappa alum Mike Keneally. He also recently performed and recorded with Boston based indie rockers Molecule and is a member of The Boston Jazz Trio. Saxophonist/composer Rick Stone performs with Quartet of Happiness and Colin Stack & Novelty Act. All members of Tamandua are working musicians and music educators in the metro Boston area.

Tamandua’s debut album Eternal Anteater of the Universe was recorded on November 14 and 15, 2008 at Boston Recording Studio. Edits, mixing, mastering and guitar overdubs on the track The Gypsy Cat from Persia were done between November 17 and December 22, 2008. The band played live in the studio without a click track. There was minimal tweaking of sounds post recording. The intention was to capture, as accurately as the microphones could, the raw sound and feel of real instruments being played by real people in real time. Minimal compression and limiting was used during mixing and mastering to capture as closely as possible the full dynamic range of the performances.