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Lunar Crush

David Fiuczynski, John MedeskiAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 15, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gramavision
  • ASIN: B00000322A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

More adventurous Medeski Martin & Wood fans might want to check out Medeski's 1994 collaboration with Black Rock Coalition guitarist Fiuczynski. Combining funk, heavy metal, and hip-hop elements with 1970s jazz fusion, Lunar Crush is closer in spirit and sound to Miles Davis's On the Corner than the groovy soul-jazz of MMW. Though the two musicians do occasionally veer into self-indulgence (Fiuczynski with his fret-board shredding; Medeski with his wah-wah workouts), the results are surprisingly engaging. It's not for everyone, but fans of Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters period will understand. --Dan Epstein

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"To categorize Lunar Crush," Fiuczynski told Howard Mandel in Down Beat, "I'd have to say it's fusion but it doesn't sound like what's negatively thought of as fusion. I think it's too funky and too emotional, too aggressive." Admittedly created in reference to such spiritually committed early fusion as the Tony Williams Lifetime, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jack Johnson-era Miles Davis, Fiuczynski and Medeski bring a genre heretofore deservedly maligned into the '90s with weighty resolve and wild abandon. Assisted by bassist Fima Ephron, drummers Gene Lake and Jojo Mayer, and vocalists Michelle Johnson and Gloria Tropp.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The opening strains of John Medeski and David Fiuczynski's "Lunar Crush" say it all; Medeski's innate (not that it's easy) keyboard mastery conjures up an earthy and rambunctious line that inevitably yields to the band's screaming entrance, and the song takes off, winding through a nice complex arrangement but never abandoning its pure and natural rhythm, its gut-wrenching power. Fiuczynski plays guitar with a unique harmonic and melodic rhythm that lends the album its engaging and utterly new sound. Medeski, who has never pulled a musical punch and never will, is a true co-leader, challenging and cajoling his colleague without sacrificing an iota of the music at hand. The semi-operatic singing on three of the tracks is simply as bad-ass as it gets, further emphasizing that this album must stand alone. It's not MMW, and it's not the Torsos; Lunar Crush is a moon with which we are not familiar.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raging Guitar and a Crazy Organ Unite October 5, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Dave Fiuczynski is the most innovative guitarist to come out after the whole shredding-guitar wanking era. His mixture of funk, rock, blues and jazz is all tied up within a Middle Eastern scale that erupts across the fretboard. I have seen Fuze live in NYC roughly a dozen or more times in the past year and the best representation of his show would have to be "Slow Blues For Fuzy's Mama." You can hear McLaughlin and Vai in his solos. Medeski's sound with the Morg is fat and tubular and when he lays down the intro to "Slow Blues" you can feel the air shake around you. A must have for guitar fans and for those that require their music collection contains something constructive and innovative in the midst of the ridiculous bubble gum pop.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lunar Crush - Something Old And Something New November 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Some songs on this album are a refreshingly new take on the idea of "funk." However, there is a lot of the old advant-garde styles ala Sonny Sharock, Sun Ra and Pharoh Sanders mixed in. This album may turn off listeners not into free-form jazz. More adventurous listeners will like having this in his or her collection.
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this is an awesome fusion collaboration by organ grinder medeski from martin medeski and wood and guitarist david fuzyinski, a talented jazz guitarist with a penchant for sonic youth type distortion and lots of effect pedals. the only thing that's kind of annoying on this record is the tracks that have vocals(lilies that fester,pacifica, and gloria ascending are just horrible. they try to have weird vocals like yoko ono or captain beefheart or something, but it just doesn't work well. these are weird effects drenched vocals are a hindrance and merit physically getting up and forwarding to the next track. there's one track with vocals that's decent, it's called 'freelance brown. but there are pleanty of reasons to buy this cd: 1. it is being sold here on amazon very cheap (a couple of dollars)2. you get more than your money's worth with the other 70% of the album, which is great, fuze's guitar and medeski's organ interwoven seamlessly throughout.
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