Jonas Hellborg/Shawn Lane/Jeff Sipe: Time is the Enemy (2004)
The late Lane finds himself in superb form, playing in every style imaginable. "Heretics" is a molten, corrosive Southern shuffle, complete with a finger-slapping solo from Hellborg. Darker rhythms with cave chords to complex polyrhythms and rock bottom bass characterize "Space Time Continuum," and the diamond funk of "The King's Letter" intoxicates with its precise guitar work by Lane.
This trio was making fusion fun and interesting again. I do not suspect that Hellborg will find another Lane for a long time, if ever. While Time is the Enemy, as well as Temporal Analogs of Paradise, could be viewed as live power trio orgy and excess, that in itself has it place. This music is virtuosic and stays true to the bare essence of jazz: totally improvised and totally honest.
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Track Listing: Heretics; Wherever You Walk; Space-Time; Continuum; The Kings Letter; Barua A Soldani; Time Is The Enemy.
Personnel: Jonas Hellborg: bass; Shawn Lane: guitar; Jeff Sipe: drums.
Record Label: Bardo Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock