Greg Howe: Sound Proof (2008)
Howe zooms into the cosmos during many passages, yet the program is largely, imprinted with briskly enacted time signatures and off-kilter rhythmic maneuvers as the artists embark upon a sinuous journey amid persuasive group-based interplay. On Stevie Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good," Howe's weeping funk-rock lines consummate matters via breakneck speed-riffing.
The band delves into Latin, fuzoid panoramas while tempering the flow on Howe's jazzy, acoustic guitar-driven ballad, "Sunset In El Paso," while letting it all hang out atop drummer Gianluca Palmierie's ferocious backbeats on "Child's Play," as Howe's climactic and multi-register phrasings makes it all seem like child's play. In other areas and movements, keyboardist David Cook stands as a strong foil for Howe via his dirty Fender Rhodes solos and fluid chord voicings.
Sound Proof is Howe's finest musical statement to date.
Track Listing: Intro; Emergency Exit; Tell Me Something Good; Connoisseur pt 1; Reunion; Morning View; Walkie Talkie; Rehearsal Note; Side Note; Sunset In El Paso; Write Me A Song; Child's Play; Sound Proof; Connoisseur pt 2.
Personnel: Greg Howe: guitar; Jon Reshard: bass; Gianluca Palmieri: drums; David Cook: bass.
Record Label: Tone Center
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock