Indaba: Something Serious . . .

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What is the formula for hot jazz fusion? Add one seriously played guitar, (Clyde Schipke), to one tight and fluid bassist, (Brad Wenham), and surround the sound with percussive spice of polyrhythmic furor, (Scott Dean). Adjust guitar voicings to a classic ‘70s tube-crunch and overdriven with howling chops galore. Have this riffage assail all solos with abandon yet technical focus and pleasing musicality. Avoid well-worn patterns and use novel bass phrasings and engaging back beats. Let drums freely stretch with a Tony Williams flair and bounce. Toss in a few meandering slow cuts for day-dreamy pause and clarity of tone. Return quickly to fiery songs and rip it up again after measured balladic breaks. Now that is a recipe for fusion.

Crunch, punch, phat fusion reigns supreme and comfortably with Indaba! These guys know how to jam. Experience this impressive debut release of that power trio magic. Their tunes and voicings call to mind the should-be legendary but unknown jazz rockers, 3PM of Raleigh, NC, USA. Indaba has brought this reviewer a nostalgic delight. Recommended fusion for all you collectors and fans.

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Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


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