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This is an amazingly solid guitar-driven release. It is full of crunch, grit, punch, tone, overdrive, and spiced with feedback amongst tight riffage. You dig rock, foam over fusion? Chasing the Sun excels at a perfect mixing of both genres. Compositions flow well with interest levels kept highyou get to groove, get wild, wax weird, and enjoy tons of soulful musicianship. This is top-notch guitar goods.
Poland has crafted 13 tracks guaranteed to satisfy a wide range of guitar fans. All the bass and drum work serve as foundations for Poland to blow free and build crescendo upon crescendo. Highlights include “Robo Stomp,” “Chasing the Sun,” “Hip Hop Karma,” and the Hendrixian tribute tune “Sand Castles.”
Echoes of Jeff Beck ( There and Back era), bluesy-fusion rock by Scott Henderson, flashes of Santana, and full-out Hendrix flow from this song-fest of strings. Poland is no empty-headed flash rifferhe injects real soul and melodic balance into each solo. I give this listening treat a well-earned 12.5 outta 10. Rock on Chris! Look for his fusion project, OHM, to explode on the scene anytime . . .
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.