Bozzio/Levin/Stevens: Situation Dangerous
The opener is a bone-crusher in the Led Zeppelin style, bolstered by guitar alarm-blasts and Levin’s funk-fingered percussiveness. Track 4 is enriched with pensive beauty, while others braise in a dark brocade of deep Mahavishnu tones. Flamenco guitarist Marcus Nand adds a bold dash of gypsy spice to #7, which was only slightly marred by some disconcerting note-clipping in the editing room. Bozzio’s percussion on this track is nothing short of brilliant. Perhaps the albums’ highlight is the ten-minute endless, which begins as a 7/4 feature for Levin’s bowed electric upright. Sitar drones and soft cymbal pulses provide buoyancy in this gorgeously atmospheric piece that occasionally recalls Danny Kirwan’s lush instrumentals with Fleetwood Mac. The pace builds subtly until the listener finds himself surrounded by simmering energy that threatens to boil over before the bottom drops out of the pot. An album full of surprises and rewards by three masters of the craft.
Tracks - dangerous; endless; crash; spiral; melt; tragic; tziganne; lost.
Record Label: Magna Carta Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock