108

Anatholi Bulkin: Initiation

Ed Kopp By

Sign in to view read count
Anatholi Bulkin is a 33-year-old Swedish guitarist who has obviously dissected the work of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, and other fusion guitar giants. While he's clearly influenced by his fusion forebears, Bulkin is an impressive player in his own right who's just beginning to forge an individual style.

Trio albums force young jazzers to let all of the tricks out of the bag, and Anatholi shows he has chops to spare on Initiation. Accompanied by the Jaco-influenced Jonas Reingold on bass and the capable Anders Hentze on skins, Bulkin leads the way though an impressive set of 12 heady tunes. Throughout this collection, the guitarist executes lightning-fast lines, melodic Metheny-like changes, and free twisting solos — the man has clearly spent many hours honing his chops.

The fastest of Bulkhin’s original compositions each centers around a dense melodic phrase that unravels and gradually reassembles. The modal foundations at the core of some of these tunes bring to mind Robert Fripp in his League of Gentlemen mode. But unlike Fripp, Bulkhin’s extended solos reflect the mind of a creative jazzman. At times he tries a little too hard to dazzle, but most of these cuts are cohesive creations. Bulkin can also play it pretty if the tune so demands.

The best cuts include two mellow Metheny-like numbers (the beautiful acoustic "Folksong" and the heartland melody "Mr. & Mrs. America"), a bluesy-funky march entitled "The Underdog," and the rhythmic "Tripitaka," which features the leader on guitar-synth.

Initiation should compel fusion fans to check out Bulkin’s previous two albums with his nine-piece Brazilian-influenced group and his world/funk ensemble.. Here’s a link to Bulkin's Web site where you can learn more about the man and his music.

| Record Label: Star People Records | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "My Foolish Heart" CD/LP/Track Review My Foolish Heart
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 3, 2017
Read "Cosmic Nickelodeon" CD/LP/Track Review Cosmic Nickelodeon
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 14, 2016
Read "Marianne" CD/LP/Track Review Marianne
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 28, 2016
Read "More Stories from the Village" CD/LP/Track Review More Stories from the Village
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 13, 2016
Read "Salt Task" CD/LP/Track Review Salt Task
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 15, 2017
Read "The Groove Lab" CD/LP/Track Review The Groove Lab
by Alex Franquelli
Published: March 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!