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Following in the footsteps of their first collaboration (CAB), this albums presents some great performances by MacAlpine, Brunel, Chambers and Auger(who contributed on the 1st album, without making the band's name).
While the first album was somewhat a fusion of jazz and rock (leaning more on the jazz), this second effort is a lot jazzier. These 4 virtuosos perform instrumental tracks, and showcase their respective talents, but without trying to outshine one another. It's more like a discussion, where the performers take turns at expression their opinion.
The melodies are fresh: it doesn't sound like they've rehearsed things to death, with just the right dose of improvisation, but still following a song structure. The "tunes" are generally a bit longer than on their first album, allowing for a bit more room to extrapolate.
I'm not a big fan of jazz in general, but the performances on this album show how musicians with great talent can demonstrate their art with complicity, instead of showmanship. There's enough complexity in here so that you'll notice different subtleties with each listening instance.
The whole band is amazing, the tones are rich, the playing stellar, and Tony MacAlpine is the God of Hell Fire. This is a nice move for Tony. From Neo-Classical to Planet X, (Have you seen him with Vai!!!) and now this. He's pushing the envelope and his guitar tone on Cab 2 is the best he's ever had. It's very refreshing to hear Tony play with more sense of funk, and with Dennis Chambers on board how could he not?
Dennis Chambers?! Oh my God! Brian Auger?! Oh Yeah! Bunny?! Boo-Ya!!!
If only Scofield could play more like this. Like he had some fire in his belly (Mustard in his soul!) and stopped playing tired, cerebral, scholastic, white bread, funk jazz.
MacAlpine comes from a whole other direction joining this band which makes it so fresh. I dig that he's not coming from a post bop clone school attempting to break free of it like so many others. MacAlpine brings the fire of Malmsteen and the jaw dropping facility of Holdsworth but sounds like neither. In context, the band in on a whole other level because of their different influences.
It's the mixing of genres that makes it special. Not a bunch of Miles Davis alumni being allstars with nothing to shake anyone up with.
Greg Howe's Extraction with Dennis Chambers and Victor Wooten wasn't even this successful. Howe wants to be so hip when he should just shred and let the rhythm section do their thing. It's the contrast in musical styles that makes projects like this special. Not everyone coming from the same place.
We need more unadulterated shredders doing projects with funk jazz guys. Enough with the bop clones trying to impress dead people.
I will definetly be buying more Cab releases.
listening to it. I feel sorry for the other reviewers that they can't
seem to catch it. I have gotten alot of satisfaction out of listening
to these guys. Dennis is one of my favorite players of all time.
Brian Auger (who I listened to alot in the late 60s and early 70s)
also is a nice addition to the band. Great stuff, even just for listening.
Chambers... the master of rythm ( i can't wait hear him in his next job with Greg Howe)...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its always fun to listen to Macalpine tear it up. His technique is just sick. Other than his solos, i dont really find much else worth listening to on this album. Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by HeavyDuty
This was nominated for a Grammy for a reason , It's that good . I took this to a party full of musicians one night and it left them all slack-jawed ! Read morePublished on April 29, 2007 by Chris M
You know,its so typical for a jazz/fusion player to diss people like Tony MacAlpine.Sorry but I find John Scofield (or whatever) as a drugged-out Pothead.. Read morePublished on October 5, 2003
Noodling, that is the phrase that comes to mind. High speed noodling. After years of listening to fusion beginning with Mahavishnu, I may be at an end with the genre....... Read morePublished on May 9, 2002 by Jesse Delaney
Each individual in this group is very talented. Normally a group of talented musicians will produce a musical whole that is greater than the sum of the individual parts. Read morePublished on March 11, 2002 by Jimi Jr
I wouldn't say this one is as bad as some of the reviewers have stated here, but it sure isn't all that good, either. Read morePublished on September 5, 2001
This one should be viewed as an improvement over the first CAB album, but not by much. I was hoping for a marked improvement but it seems this genre in itself just doesn't have... Read morePublished on August 31, 2001