I am listening to sound clips on Amazon right now and it sounds very nice - a bit 'old school' Chick is playful and lighthearted and McLaughlin sounds like... McLaughlin!
thanks for the tip!
thanks for the tip!
Dunno man... after listening to Agharta, Bitches Brew, Inner Mounting Flame and Corea / Vitous / Haynes Live Trio Music (ECM) this disc seems really generic. Wanted to like it and was waiting for something that hadn't been done to death a long time ago, (the phony K-Tel looking Wes Wilson / Rick Griffin cover art kind of fits). For sure these players at 80% of capacity on auto pilot are mentally and physically agile, but if you already have most of their collective output this disc is redundant at best. The double cd Blues For Tony, (Holdsworth / Pasqua / Wackerman / Haslip) which has the same malady to a lesser extent is a better target to throw your money at.
01-23-10: VinylvinI saw Brian Blades with the group as well, in Nashville. Interesting that you preferred him. I think Vinnie takes them to a new level of energy. No debate intended here. I just think it's fascinating how different people react to different players.
Duanegoosen, you're a tough critic. I'm writing this with a smile on my face. No intention of starting an argument. Coincidentally, I also recently purchased Allan Holdsworth's "The Sixteen Men of Tain", which I'm also really enjoying (but to me sounds very similar to some of Holdsworth's earlier stuff). I'll check out "Blues for Tony".
Grinning back Grant... I had high hopes for this one but that big Yellowjackets/Elektric Band streak sorta nailed the gag reflex. Sixteen Men of Tain is a good one. Also not too bad, (or at least not too stale) recent rotations:
Plotz Live 2008
Kif Express (Fiuczynski)
Les Projectionnistes / Copie Zero
Pierre Labbe / Risque et Pendule
Machacek - Sipe - Garrison / Improvision
Cosmologic / Eyes In The Back Of My Head
I also caught the band last yr with Blades. I thought it extemely interesting to hear the same tunes played by the same band except for the drummer. All I can say is; same tunes, different music! While I wouldn't be as harsh as Grant, I also felt the recording didn't live up to the promise of the band. I wouldn't bother to compare this to the Fusion classix of yesteryear, creating a classic wasn't their intent. But Igottatellya, at the concert I picked up the 5PB CD and also the live Return To Forever reunion CD, now THAT'S a smokin', killin' Fusion record. Surprising to hear how the "boys" still have that Inner Mounting Flame burnin' white-hot!!;)