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Rocket Science

Tribal TechAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tone Center
  • ASIN: B000VKL0P8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribal Tech's best May 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD represents Tribal Tech's best , most consistent, most self-assured work. Also, sadly, it's probably their last. In the same mold as Thick, this record consists mostly of improvisations off of simple riffs. Thematically the songs are all over the map: techno, caribbean, blues, funk. The playing is superior, the overdubs limited, the mix terrific.

My love for Tribal Tech has been fraught with disappointments. It seems every album has a couple of masterpieces which rise above the boredom and cliches, which is probably to be expected with a band that only gets together to record and gig occasionally. Rocket Science, however, is quality from start to finish with only one down moment (Mini-me, a weak jam over a sample-and-hold riff from Kinsey). The rest wails.

And the highlight (other reviews notwithstanding) is the finale, Econoline, which is perhaps the funkiest 9 minutes of instrumental soul ever recorded by middle-age white boys.

New to TT? Start here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music meets rocket science May 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the best in this series, good techno sounds and heavy Jeff Beck inspired guitar work. Scott Henderson does everything well, he has his own style but pays a respectful omage' to Mr. Beck in many songs. His treatment of style can only be compared to Hendrixs' interpetation of dylans' All Along the Watchtower. Insted of hanging back the other band members carve out coice cuts for themselves showing their true professionalism. Jazz and rock fuse in this work leaving the listener with NO bad tracks to listen to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fusion Explosion August 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Not sure why this is currently out of print, but this is one fine outing from the Tribal Tech boys.

Scott Henderson & Gary Willis have done it again (along with messers Kinsey & Covington). This music is adventurous and inspiring, not to mention impeccably played. Boy can these guys tear it up.

It's a shame that this 2000 release appears to be their last. Maybe someday they'll get back together and do it again. If you ever get a chance, go see them live. You'll not be disappointed. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'll admit there's no moment on this disc like Gary Willis' bass line from Party at Kinsey's on 'Thick'; nothing that reaches out and demands your attention. This record takes the same improvisational approach as 'Thick', but is slower to offer up its charms. Much use of samples, some are almost Zawinul-like; that's a good thing. Give this one multiple listens; it will reward you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's try a little thought experiment May 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Let's say you stumbled on this music kinda a-referentially. You know something about music. You've heard (of) Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Steve Howe, Jimmy Page. You've heard a little bit of prog rock. What would you think?
You'd be blown away, I'd say.
But what if you came at this music with a thorough knowledge of the above players, as well as owning all of King Crimson's Yes's, Hendrix's, Led Zeppelin's, and Bill Bruford's Earthworks records--and, here's the kicker--all of Tribal Tech's discs?
I think you'd be underwhelmed.
So which is the right response? Blown away or underwhelmed?
In the Tribal Tech canon, this represents both an apex and a nadir, it seems to me. An apex, because it's some of their most complex, interactive, chops-heavy music on disc. A nadir, because it doesn't really seem to go anywhere very interesting or amount to much.
In short, I'd say it's the fusion version of those technically brilliant hard-bop/post-bop neo-traditional jazz sessions where the musicianship is beyond reproach, the vibe is generally electric, but the listening experience leaves much to be desired.
I thought Thick, their previous effort, was great.
But this strikes me as too much of a good thing, like eating three crèmes brules in a row: gustatorily magnificent, in a sense, but so far over the top as to instigate a palate revolt.
Still, worth at least four stars (maybe more) for even attempting something of this (albeit star-crossed) magnitude.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "TT's Rocket Blasts Off" Review Revised December 11, 2000
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
Originally, for most of Rocket Science, I was inclined to give up to 4.5 stars. However, the comparatively weaker closing tracks, namely Cap'n Kirk and Econoline, negatively affected my final opinion. Since the album ended on a somewhat sour note, I therefore was harsher with my evaluation. However, the music on Rocket Science, just like on many previous TT albums, becomes more engrossing with repeated play--now, even Econoline gets an occasional replay. As such, I'm revising my rating from 3.5 to 4 stars.
Ultimately, Rocket Science stands up well to TT's primal tracks. It can be grouped into the 4 to 4.5 star category with albums such as Tribal Tech, Face First, Reality Check, and Thick. Arguably, the 5 star mark tends to be reserved for TT's masterpiece Illicit. Illicit displayed TT's top-notch compositional and arrangement skills while simultaneously it foretold their subsequent transition to loser structures and improvising--as demonstrated on the extemporaneous tunes Riot and Aftermath--commonplace on their current releases.
P.S. Since there are no half star rating increments in Amazon's selection menu, the original review was given 3 stars. In order to arrive at a desired 4 star grade, I'm rating this revision with 5 stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
Tribal Tech at one time was one of the best fusion groups ever. This CD, however, is simply awful, and is devoid of melody, harmony, impressionism--anything musical, no matter how... Read more
Published on November 7, 2008 by Federal Farmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Fushion
Not sure why this is currently out of print, but this is one fine outing from the Tribal Tech boys.

Scott Henderson & Gary Willis have done it again (along with messers... Read more
Published on August 10, 2007 by L. Tucker
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, horrible dreck!!
And they wonder why they don't get airplay while slamming Smooth Jazz artists at the same time. Earlier Tribal Tech albums offered actual compositions while we get spontaneous... Read more
Published on December 8, 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing output from great musicians
With this album it seems that Tribal Tech have decided to settle into the chair they claimed with their previous release "Thick" - that of great band in waiting. Read more
Published on February 27, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
My first experience with TT and Henderson was "Thick". It was so unusual, yet challenging, it took me awhile before I decide to buy it. Read more
Published on December 6, 2000 by Richard B. Schuchman
3.0 out of 5 stars TT's Rocket Blasts Off, but Runs out of Fuel
The four immensely gifted musical scientists, collectively known as Tribal Tech (TT), continue the impromptu approach to song writing as displayed on last year's Thick album. Read more
Published on November 13, 2000 by Pete
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