by Glenn Astarita
Since the late '80s, guitarist Greg Howe has spiraled his way towards the créme de la créme of the progressive-rock/jazz-fusion elite. With his first album since Extraction (Tone Center, 2003), the guitarist spawns more of his melodically shaded, super-speed legato lines while honing in a tad more on the compositional element. This album also features a new band that is afforded ample breathing room to stretch. It's a democratic engagement but firmly rooted in an altogether unified line of attack.read more
by Todd S. Jenkins
In his acclaimed bass camps, Vic Wooten counsels his students that the spaces between the notes are as important as the notes themselves. Greg Howe doesn’t seem to have taken that lesson to heart, considering the number of notes per second on this release. Extraction is just about evenly divided between well-crafted, thoughtful compositions and dead-end chops demonstrations. Whether the ratio is worthwhile is up to the individual listener.
The pedigrees of these musicians are unquestionably solid. Right off the ...read more
by AAJ Staff
I have been sampling snippets of instrumentalist rocker Howe for sometime. I wasn’t impressed early on with his shredderiffic rock, even though he’s one of the industry’s hottest acts around. He is incredibly pro with chops, style, execution and pizzazz to covet. I finally bought his Five release a few years back and thought, “Ah yeah, this guy’s getting much, much better.” By better, I mean NO boring look-at-me, flash-riffing but soulful, lyrical, inventive, original, and exciting guitar soundworlds being ...read more