The Charles Wright Trio: the time is wright . . . (2000)
Guitars, guitar synth, bass, and drums are played exceptionally well, tight, clean, inventively, and best of all hold this reviewer’s attention due to a their novel sound. Wright sometimes leans clean in his tone like Wayne Johnson or a mellowed Mike “Sterno”. I also heard echoes of the Elliot Freedman Group but then Wright goes riffing off into another unique voicing and phrasing with the grace of a Gambalesque moment. Wright has a great deal of tricks up his sleeve that serve to satisfy with Sean Peck and Mike Pryor flawlessly flowing alongside in counterpoint and unison.
My fav track overall was “Lucky Charm” with its march-like “call to battle” balladic flow. It was similar to the Dregsian side of Magic Elf in its hard-picked, funked attack, and upbeat push a.k.a. “high energy complexity”. I detected flashes of Djam Karet-ish progressive rock as well. Nice cut! Need some vintage solo Al DiMeola/ Santana/ Satriani rock with plenty of that 70s fusion edge? Then be sure to cue up the outro track, “Celestial Ceremony” where Pryor gets to stretch some. My second fav cut.
Final analysis: strong fusion, no flash, just right, tight, with novel moments, get your copy now fusion and guitar fans.
Track Listing: Paradigm, The Time Is Wright, Change of Weather, A Day in the Sun, On the Scene, Don't Be Afraid, Conduit Place, Dream Walk, Lucky Charm, Celestial Ceremony
Personnel: Charles Wright - Guitar, Michael Pryor – Bass, Sean Peck - Drums
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock