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The super trio reunites again for a set brimming with pummeling rhythms and joyous musings. Here, Frank Gambale employs both electric and acoustic guitars amid his now infamous chord sweeping techniques and mesmerizing single note leads. As this mighty rhythm section offers a rather ominous delivery, whether Gambale is exploring lyrically rich themes or driving the proceedings into the ozone.
The band provides an entertaining mix, consisting of jazzy hooks, climactically oriented crescendos and difficult to perform time signatures. Yet, this effort represents more than just your typical chops fest, as the musicians really delve into the various compositional frameworks. Although Stewart Hamm’s melodically tinged, but superfluous bass passages on the piece titled “November” fails to sustain long-term interest.
This is fusion at its very finest and most prolific, as the musicians display insightful camaraderie to complement their ritualistic mode of technical excellence. The trio projects a sophisticated approach that speaks volumes - especially when we consider the droves of copycat bands, masquerading as fusion pioneers. Recommended.
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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