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Listening to Jazz Punk is a lot like viewing modern art. Some will get it, many won’t. Is electric guitarist David Fiuczynski a.k.a.“Fuze” a ground breaking visionary or just a pretentious show-off? Depending on the listener, this ten-track CD presents enough evidence to support both theories. Fiuczynski opens Jazz Punk with a raucous reading of Pat Metheny’s lovely "Bright Size Life" that I’m sure even its author wouldn’t recognize. The Jimi Hendrix classic "Third Stone From The Sun" seems to provide a more suitable venue for Fiuczynski’s “everything but the kitchen sink” approach. For guitar geeks, it’s all here—distortion, screaming bent notes, and thundering power chords. Why Fiuczynski included Chopin’s Prelude Opus 28 No. 4 in this program is a complete mystery to me. Let’s move on. Chick Corea’s "La Fiesta," powered by percussionist Daniel Sadownick, is also given the full-tilt, hard-rock treatment. There is nothing subtle about Jazz Punk, but for those who like their jazz loud, raw and raunchy, it may be your ticket to Nirvana.