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Although Gordian Knot was a project initiated by Chapman Stick player and bassist Sean Malone, it would be a mistake to credit the album's brilliance solely to him. Malone has recruited an amazing team of musicians, but they are embraced into this project rather than performing as session players. The chemistry between these musicians is so dense its like gasoline fumes distorting the air. Songs unfold in a musical arena where each player listens and adapts to the others, baiting with challenges and responding to twists. The music is clearly composed, but it has that spontaneous tension and exuberance of improvisation. You cannot describe this music in a nutshell. Different styles of music are so seamlessly integrated that picking them out is basically impossible. You really just have to listen. The instrumental interplay is so tight Robert Fripp would probably stop and take notice. _Emergent_ is heavier than _Gordian Knot_ was, but not really in a "metal" kind of way.
Consider the lineup: Sean Malone (bass, Stick, keys, guitar), Bill Bruford (drums, percussion), Jason Gobel (guitars), Sean Reinert (drums, percussion), Steve Hackett (guitars), Pat Masvidal (guitars), Jim Matheos (guitars). Careful, you're drooling.Read more ›
For those who are familiar with the first Gordian Knot project, this one is a bit heavier, largely a result of replacing Trey Gunn's Warr guitar with a greater emphasis on the guitars of Hackett, Matheos, Jason Gobel, and Paul Masvidal on one track. But in many ways this is a strength of this album, which has a more organic feel than the first. If this album is to be compared to anything, it perhaps fits best with some of the finest offerings of the classical genre.
But even these comparisons fail. This album is an absolute masterpiece, a stunning work that demands attention. I recommend Emergent in the strongest possible terms; among the hundreds of albums in my collection, I can think of none that I would recommend above it. You do yourself a service, and support an emerging musician of the highest caliber, by ordering it immediately.
I think if the Bad Plus and Opeth made an instrumental CD together, it would sound something like this (or even better ; ) !!).
I was able to hear the entire album on YouTube so I knew it was really something I wanted.
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Beautiful instrumental progressive music! Must buy!
Features members of Cynic and YES.
Gordian Knot is the brainchild of ex-Cynic bassist Sean Malone, a guy with a tremendous talent and musicianship. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ivan Howe The Great
It should be no surprise that this album is tremendous. Look at the names of the players. They are the names most progressive rockers should know. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Craig Hamilton
This is a solid prog album. Some varied styles and some creative things going on rhythmically. However, it still has a lot of the dreaded cheese factor that a lot of prog suffers... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Alex Rudd
I found this group through Pandora - song was suggested on radio station I based on the group Animals as Leaders. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by W. Schickling
As great as the first self-titled album was, this 2nd album (Emergent) was a complete dissapointment. Read morePublished on November 24, 2010 by SnowDog3000
This 2003 release of instrumental prog by Gordian Knot was a bit of a surprise for me; I knew nothing of bassist Sean Malone and the fact that he was collaborating with some of my... Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Jeffrey J.Park
Not sure who Sean Malone is to King Crimson but almost every riff in most of the songs are King Crimson riffs...having said that Emergent is really cool listening material.. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by rodney garcia