In 2002, Tucker Martine asked Wayne Horvitz if he ever planned to record another solo project ala Dinner at Eight(aka This New Generation). Horvitz replied, “No, but I will make a duo record with you.” Sampling, looping and composing ensued, and on the strength of some early demos, Terminus Records came on board.
Mylab was the end result of another year of recording, cutting, pasting and mixing, and featured an unbelievable list of creative forces including Reggie Watts, Robin Holcomb, Danny Barnes, Doug Wieselman, Bill Frisell, Bobby Previte, Keith Lowe, Tim Young, Andy Roth and Eyvind Kang.
Mylab received piles of incredible press, including Jazz Record of the Year by both Billboard Magazine and The New Yorker. This despite the fact that Mylab wasn’t really a jazz record at all, as evidenced by the thrashing it received in Downbeat Magazine.
Talk about a sonic experiment gone horribly right, check out this supernatural melding of genres from Mylab. All I know is that their debut album is the most imaginative collage of groove, melody, harmony, and texture Ive heard in a long time.
Jude Gold, Guitar Player 2/04
A dazzling sonic playground full of some wild rides. Mylab stretches the art of sound collage into new frontiers.
Ned Wharton, NPR Weekend Edition Editors Picks 2/04
This back from the future roots music is fundamentally folk music merging the studio with the field recordings. Placing the fiddle, the dobro, and the banjo alongside these clever studio creations is the genius of this recording.
Mark Corroto, All About Jazz.com 3/04
Filling a niche nobody (but them) knew existed, Tucker Martine and Wayne Horvitz have made a trippy instrumental album conversant with rock, jazz, bluegrass and the intangible music known as ambient. Sounds messy, right? It is, but in a wonderful kind of way. They’ve done a remarkable job pulling together disparate genres, creating a sound collage that makes sense.
Nick Marino, Atlanta Journal Constitution 2/17/04