129

Niacin: Time Crunch

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
This is a first for me. I open a demo package and am so impressed I begin the review before the CD is finished. This release is THAT important. Jazzers will dig this. Fusion heads will get into it. Prog rock fans will drool. Rockers will bang heads. And anyone who loves awesome keys, monster bass and slammin’ drums MUST grab this. I received this CD and liner notes “naked” and I instantly assembled a fine jewel case for this gem.

This release is so, so very dense, in-your-face, pumping, groovin’, funked, slick, soul-fired jammin’ and darn good fun. I was very tempted to do dashboard air-keyboards listening to this on the road. This Time Crunch has the punch, lushness, and full sound of ELP’s Tarkus, (especially clear on “Stone Face”), U.K.’s legendary releases, and Derek Sherinian aka Planet X’s efforts. Sheehan’s bass work is immense, fluid, fast, and furious. Novello’s keys are a surround sound experience with Jan Hammeresque lead fills and solos. Sheehan solos mean as well. Chambers is a solid powerhouse of relentless pummelings and graceful powerglides.

This is eleven songs of near-perfection. And guess what? I enjoyed this CD immensely yet there are NO LEAD nor RHYTHM GUITARS herein. Wow! I must give this CD a 9.9 outta 10. Otherwise someone might think I wrote a biased review or something . . . time to hit replay . . .

By the way, Niacin does two prog-fan-friendly covers; “Red” by Fripp and friends and the outro cut, “Blue Wind” by Jan Hammer. Alas, one very, very wee complaint: that psuedo-horn, mimed to a Miles-mute-Davis-cool, via a synth lead on “Daddy Long Leg” was an irksome sound-bank, voice choice. It sounded ultra cheesy aka fake. Don’t use that setting on tour! I’d suggest instead that fuller Hendrixian-axe setting Hammer used on “Jetstream” off his Black Sheep and do the Jimi jive next time. ‘Nuff said.

Cyberhome: http://www.magnacarta.net


Track Listing: Elbow Grease, Time Crunch, Stone Face, Red, Invisible King, Daddy Long Leg, Hog Funk, Glow, Damaged Goods, Outside Inside Out, Blue Wind

Personnel: Billy Sheehan - Monster Bass, John Novello - Awesome Keys aka Hammond B3, piano, synths, Dennis Chambers - Lord of the Skins and phat kicks

| Record Label: Magna Carta Records | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Chick Corea Chick Corea
piano
Weather Report Weather Report
band/orchestra
Bill Bruford Bill Bruford
drums
Return to Forever Return to Forever
band/orchestra
Billy Cobham Billy Cobham
drums
Dave Weckl Dave Weckl
drums
Mahavishnu Orchestra Mahavishnu Orchestra
band/orchestra

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Flow" CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2016
Read "The River" CD/LP/Track Review The River
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 16, 2016
Read "Moanin'" CD/LP/Track Review Moanin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 3, 2016
Read "My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan" CD/LP/Track Review My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 12, 2016
Read "Festen" CD/LP/Track Review Festen
by John Sharpe
Published: November 12, 2016
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!