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Touch guitar ace Trey Gunn composed this album based upon Marco Minnemann's 51-minute Normalizer 2 drum solo. Thankfully, this is not a bash fest; instead, the drummer's rhythmic foray features odd-metered polyrhythmic episodes and textural cymbal swashes amid a cavalcade of salient percussive concepts.
The preponderance of the largely, contiguous tracks do indeed pronounce a modulating framework; on "Flood," the duo exercises restraint to complement the sinuous journey. Gunn's limber touch guitar work encompasses fretless guitar and basses to complement his electronics overlays. Yet, "Flood" is a piece that typifies many of the other tracks, due to the musicians' fluctuating paradigms, ambient treatments and stinging trade-offs.
They abide by a capacious mindset, whether Minnenmann is throttling matters into overdrive, or Gunn is dishing out a prismatic array of soundscapes. The artists feign over-indulgences, and sustain interest by fusing disparate sounds and intricately devised grooves into these rapidly-moving parts.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.