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Scott Henderson is a guitar chameleon - changing colours and shades with each new track yet always his inimitable sound always comes through. That sweet distorted legato scream that funnels into the dirtiest of tones that shift with each bebop line - his playing is endlessly fascinating. Without a doubt Henderson is one of the most amazing guitarists on the planet. In the opening track, 'Mech X' a menacing Hendrix-like crescendo of sound develops which intrigued me and had me concerned that perhaps a new more chaotic TT style was emerging. I am pleased to say that an avalanche of thundering carefully crafted typical TT unison lines power through - this is a powerful statement at the beginning of the album.
'Got Faith 'N Phat' is a classic grooving TT track with Scott Kinsey's keys sounding so much like a Tower of Power horn section that I looked at the liner notes to see who was playing. Gary Willis's bass is stunning - pulsing delicately in places and then pumping. Each new track he seems more impressive. His choice of notes and articulation is superb.Read more ›
If you've heard Rocket Science, this album will sound very familiar. This is a plus and a minus. It's a plus, because these guys are awesome. Rocket Science is my favorite TT CD. Thick probably the next favorite. All their albums (and member's solo projects) are very good. It's a minus, because it sounds like a the red-headed stepchild of, or out-takes from, Rocket Science.
Any TT album, even their "worst" one, is going to put most other funk/fusion bands to shame. Henderson is one of the best electric guitarists ever (I think he's better than Hendrix and Stevie Ray were.). Willis is in my top two favorite bassists (The other is Percy Jones.). Kinsey's Kinesthetics is just about as good as any Weather Report album. And speaking of WR, a lot of their (and Zawinul's solo) albums sound pretty similar too, while still being great. So, take that into account.
If you require new, improved, groundbreaking TT, this isn't it. But, it's very good. I'm glad to have it complete my collection, but it simply pales in comparison to most of Henderson, Willis and Kinsey's solo projects (I wasn't totally wild about the last two solo Willis CDs, while Bent and No Sweat are amazing.).
Just my opinions.
And this is why I'm only giving it three stars... I'm grading on a curve. Contrasted to anything by U2 or Lady Gaga, I'd give it a million stars.
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It's Tribal Tech. I love it. You love it. Otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. Henderson and Willis are back and they sound great. Buy it and enjoy the onslaught of Tech.Published 5 months ago by Ohms
Not the best Tribal Tech but still the best in actual jazz-ROCK fusion band there is today. Shame they didn't do any touring after doing this CD.Published 13 months ago by CALLAHAN
A well-played, well-produced project - most of the music feels and sounds like jams cobbled together into finished work. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Matthew
oh my greatness, could these guys get any better, wish there were more people out thererlike them...Published 22 months ago by Jeff Plummer
Toss out the annoying "Let's get swunck", and you have a shredding album. Not for the faint of heart. It isn't background music.Published on May 25, 2014 by R. Haenggi
Scott Henderson, Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey and Kirk Covington have done it again! I think this one raises the bar once again for us hardcore Fusion Jazz fans.Published on January 1, 2014 by J.S.
Okay, they got back together and rocked the house...and the results are truly worth the purchase. Incredible playing by all.Published on September 11, 2013 by Gary Granger
Amazing - if you liked the old Tribal Tech CD's then you are in for a treat! The final rendition of the band sounds as fresh as they ever have. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by flodaddy