Greazyspoon (www.greazyspoon.net)

It's hard to imagine that an instrumental guitar-bass-and-drums lineup doesn't equal a power trio, and Greazyspoon won't entirely change this. There are ample moments for firing up the bong here, but these fellas also show off their music smarts by dropping in frequent moments of invention within their classic-rock context. They come off as three sharp guys playing freely, rather than three guys trying to demonstrate just how sharp they are. (The titles of their jams -- "Mystery Meat," "Groovy Gravy," and "Chokin' the Chicken" -- underline this.)

The onus is mostly on guitarist George Head to hold one's attention, and he reliably keeps things varied and avoids the noodling that some would find hard to resist, given the latitude available in a three-piece. By finding new avenues to explore in a tried-and-true configuration, Greazyspoon proves to be a shooting star in the jam-band universe.

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