Customer Reviews: Gregg Bendian's Interzone: Myriad
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on September 16, 2000
...simply unbelievable!!! Gregg Bendian is undoubtedly one of the most whacked out composers of our time...classic fusion feel mixed with the evil sounds of king crimson, but done with instruments you almost never hear (glockenspiel, vibes, etc.)...the guitar playing is excellant, very remeniscent of John McLaughlin...anyone who is open minded, and loves crazy, technical, tripped out music needs to add this to their collection!!!
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on November 4, 2011
This is an excellent set of cool, sleek, fusion-esque jazz and post-rock featuring Nels Cline on guitar, his brother Alex on drums, Steuart Liebig on bass, and bandleader and composer Gregg Bendian on vibraphone, glockenspiel and fuzz vibes.

I listened to this today while driving before dawn, and it sounded great. It holds up fantastically well 12 years later. MYRIAD is the best of the three albums this group released (see also the self-titled original album from 1997, reissued in 2004, and Requiem For Jack Kirby from 2001). I don't know what happened to my original review, but here's a new one.

The choice of cover is indicative of the group's sound -- "Sanctuary" by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, from the classic Birds of Fire. One way to recommend this album is to say "if you like Mahavishnu Orchestra in general and Birds of Fire in particular, check this out!"

Bendian is a percussionist and has played the drums on many recordings, including some by Cecil Taylor and Peter Brotzmann, but in this band he plays tuned percussion exclusively. The style of his writing and the combination of instruments, but especially his cool, ringing tone on the vibes, gives this album a powerfully compelling and distinctive sound. I don't know what has happened to him recently, but a few years back he put together the Mahavishnu Project tribute band. Nels Cline of course landed a high-profile gig with Wilco, but still puts out lots of more avant records under his own name.

But MYRIAD remains an outstanding aural record of a great band from 1999!
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