Frank Gambale - Stuart Hamm - Steve Smith: GHS3 (2002)
The band provides an entertaining mix, consisting of jazzy hooks, climactically oriented crescendos and difficult to perform time signatures. Yet, this effort represents more than just your typical chops fest, as the musicians really delve into the various compositional frameworks. Although Stewart Hamm’s melodically tinged, but superfluous bass passages on the piece titled “November” fails to sustain long-term interest.
This is fusion at its very finest and most prolific, as the musicians display insightful camaraderie to complement their ritualistic mode of technical excellence. The trio projects a sophisticated approach that speaks volumes - especially when we consider the droves of copycat bands, masquerading as fusion pioneers. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.All In Your Head 2.The Great Roberto 3.Confuse-a-Blues 4.Saving Grace 5.Culture Clash 6.Geo 100 7.November 8.The Challenger
Personnel: Frank Gambale: electric & acoustic guitars
Record Label: Tone Center
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock