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The Best Yet,
This review is from: Transition (Audio CD)As a drummer myself I've been a fan of Dave Weckl's since he first ventured out on his own after his time with Chick Corea. I've enjoyed every one of his solo albums but I think 'Transition' is by far his best yet. I've recently revisited his earlier work and although it's all classic stuff I can now hear the difference in his playing. He attributes this new way to the time he's spent with Freddy Gruber. Some songs on this new album contain sections that that you might think impossible to play unless you were a machine...'Transition' appears to be much more of a 'band' creation rather than just a bunch of fancy chops. I haven't stopped listening to it and it's kind of what I always wanted to hear from Weckl but never really got. The technical brilliance is still there but it's almost like, dare I say it, he's become more Gadd like. You get little tasters here and there rather than huge solos (although there are a few of them as well). Now we really get to hear just how good his co-creators are and believe me they are - It's not just Dave Weckl it's the whole band now. I think partnering with Tom Kennedy was a great move. I actually prefer Steve Weingart's style to Jay Oliver's and particularly his choice of sounds, more Rhodes and Hammond Steve!!!
Brandon Fields is a fantastic sax player and again I think this current setup is working brilliantly. I was a little apprehensive when they dropped Buzz Feiten on guitar after `Synergy', thinking it might go back to chops, chops and more chops. Dave has filled the gap admirably with percussion that he plays at the same time as the drums - an AWESOME sight to see.
Knowing when to play and when not to play is a wonderful ability to have and I think Weckl demonstrates this brilliantly on this album. The whole album has much more of a groove feel to it...Dave should be proud of his early stuff but it's clear to me that his current direction presents a much warmer/mature and enjoyable musical experience. Keep it coming Dave and well done to everyone involved.