Machine Mass: Machine Mass Plays Hendrix (MoonJune Records)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first album, Are You Experienced, the instrumental trio Machine Mass pays homage with an unorthodox 60-minute live-in-the-studio session reworking some of the legendary guitarist’s lesser-known tracks. No “All Along the Watchtower,” “Manic Depression” or “Hey Joe” here. Instead, multi-instrumentalist Michel Delville, keyboardist Antoine Guenet and drummer Tony Bianco offer fresh interpretations of (mostly) deeper tracks, with no overdubs and minimal editing. “Burning the Midnight Lamp” features a lovely piano replacing Hendrix’s ax, and a slower tempo reveals a whole new aura. “Little Wing,” meanwhile, sounds like something you’d hear on Spotify’s “Chill Vibes” playlist, and a sublime version of “The Wind Cries Mary,” anchored by a subtle spoken-word passage and an epic organ-injected groove, closes the album. Here’s hoping for more unapologetically unconventional shape-shifting Hendrix experimentation.