Impacting and shifty progressive rock outing by a power trio intent upon offering something with a twist while deriving a few elements from the old school. Guitarist Glenn Snelwar's multidimensional attack is awash with astutely concocted harmonic developments and tricky unison runs with bassist Michael Manring. Drummer Mark Zonder locks in rather snugly with his musical companions' often-complex iterations. They temper the flow on occasion. And at times the trio's modus operandi parallels the abstract CD cover depiction of a human's head entangled in knotted ropes. There's definitely a consistent thematic element that purveys during the conceptual connotations perpetuated here.
California resident and Cuban-born guitarist Pablo Menéndez bridges the gap between vibrant, easily attainable Afro-Cuban jazz and steamy jazz-fusion. The guitarist is also a supreme melody maker, whether he is slamming the EFX pedal to the metal or rendering wistful chord voicings. His debut release for this record label is a hands-down winner as various mood-drenched motifs seemingly intersect in near flawless fashion.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.