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by Phillip Woolever
Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto Paradiso Amsterdam, The Netherlands April 8, 2010
Instrumental mastery was the only rhythmic constant for an experimental exercise that paid off in uncharted realms.
Drummers Terry Bozzio and Pat Mastelotto, along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and bassist Tony Levin, looked pretty much like any talented jazz quartet despite having drawn some heat during their formative appearances.
Regardless of structure or the purposeful lack ...read more
by John Kelman
Terry Bozzio is perhaps best known as a chops-laden drummer who's more at home in the pop/rock and fusion worlds. Chamber Works, which teams him with Netherlands' Metropole Orkest--like guitarist Mike Keneally's similar collaboration on last year's The Universe Will Provide--demonstrates that Bozzio is about much, much more. A member of the late Frank Zappa's band from 1976 onwards, Bozzio was required to deal with complex compositions that were at times almost classical in their orchestral complexity: no surprise, given ...read more
by Helmut Koch
The story of this unusual trio began in 1998, when master percussionist Terry Bozzio was invited to perform his Chamber Works for Drum set, String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet" live in Vienna/Austria. Originally recorded using technology enabling Terry to literally have an orchestra at his fingertips", the Viennese world premiere of these pieces took place on 26th August 1998 and featured live string and woodwind sections, for which two of Austria's finest musicians, Preinfalk and Machacek wrote scores.read more
by Glenn Astarita
Situation Dangerous represents the second and latest release from the power trio of guitarist Steve Stevens, stick performer/bassist Tony Levin and drummer Terry Bozzio. And as some of us might surmise, the band pursues hard driving and altogether potent fusion/prog-rock style themes and tricky time signatures with dazzling marksmanship.
The band takes care of business in expeditious fashion, which is evident from the opening seconds of pieces such as “Dangerous” and “Endless”. However, the musicians do serve up a hearty ...read more
by Todd S. Jenkins
Oh, man, have I been waiting for this one. Three of the major players in today’s American progressive rock flaunt their wares in a grand set which runs the gamut from Jimmy Page to dusty gypsy caravans. Ex-Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens proves once again that he is no pop-punk has-been with a head-spinning array of tones, effects and stylistic shifts. Former Zappa and Missing Persons drummer Terry “I’m So Cute” Bozzio excels at lightning turns and tasteful punctuations; every ...read more