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And not particularily depending on virtuoisty and blistering superfast soloing - although there are plenty of that - but more on great compositions. Mostly Weater Report related with tunes by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter that are giving a true jazzy treatment exploring the harmonic content as well as providing excellent vehicles for soloing.
Together with John Mclaughlin's Now Here This this is testimony that fusion is very much alive and kicking in 2012, one might even say, it's better than ever!
So why only 4 stars? In a word: covers. On repeat listening, they've been growing on me. But these particular covers were from some of the seminal fusion works of my formative years. They're embedded in my brain in a way that doesn't happen anymore. If Scott et al chose these for tribute value, fine, but I'm sure they're capable of delivering some engaging original material. Hopefully they can focus on a little writing for the next round (or at least cover something that isn't already programmed into the neuronal pathways of my youth).
If you're unencumbered with names like Hancock, Zawinul, or Cobham, and awesome contemporary (and fully resurrected from its heyday) fusion from some masters of the art is your thing, then you won't go wrong with this CD.
But man, that album really turned my head. It was SO different. Shortly after that, I got to see Jeff's band at Hop Singh's in Santa Monica. When I went, Scott had left the band and been replaced by none other than Frank Gambale, who totally blew my mind also.
I spoke with Frank after the show and he suggested I enroll at GIT. The following year I did and got to see Scott Henderson Gary Willis Frank Gambale Jeff Berlin and a plethera of other great great musicians all the time, and take classes from them as well.
Since then I have followed all these guys through the years, I own almost everything Scott has done, alot of what Jeff has done, and so many things with Dennis on them from Tower of Power to big band to Scofield to funk-Parliament and these three guys are some of my absolute most favorite musicians on the planet.
First of all, nobody gets tone like Scott Henderson. The wild choking the s*** out of the notes, while delivering incredibly thoughtful, tasteful lines, sheer speed with Jeff Beck type artistry with the whammy bar, is incomparable. Jeff's tone-come on-it is to die for. The authority in Jeff's playing is so amazing. He holds it down and plays groove, solos like a mo fo' and is the glue between these other two fabulous players. Dennis Chambers is probably my favorite drummer in the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Explosive fusion. Had a chance to see/hear them play at a small club. They really smoked the place.Published 14 months ago by Phisher
A great album of some huge fushion tracks by a bunch of different and well known artists. HBC interpretations really work out and a very vibrant album full of dynamics.Published 15 months ago by Simon
Awesome players doing renditions of classics by Hancock, Zawinul, Shorter and others plus a couple of original tunes.Published 18 months ago by Fred Kreusch Jr.
This is a tremendous album by some of my favorite musicians. The song selection, performances and recording are SUPERB. Support real artists .. Buy ItPublished 22 months ago by Frank Briggs (Consignment)
I can't get enough of the best music in the world, we are so blessed to have these guys...Published 23 months ago by Jeff Plummer
First of all .....I purchased this because of Dennis and Jeff, never really been a fan of Scott. With that being said..... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alan G.
This is an album by three excellent musicians that really know how to put the music first, despite the fact that they're all amazing virtuosos. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Armando Nunez Portillo