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Happy the Man at ProgDay 2002

Happy the Man at Prog Day 2002, doing an encore!

After decades of listening to these guys on LP, cassette, then years with some pre-official release CD-Rs secretly smuggled to me - I finally got to hear and see these guys live right here in North Carolina.

They covered lotsa material from their legendary 70s releases and offered new music from their forthcomincoming re-union release, perhaps to be titled, The Muse Awakens.

What a killer, high-energy, and fun show! I was in total blissville. Incredible fusiony-progressive axe, dual keys/synths, tuff bass work, amazingly dynamic percussives, reeds to die for and flute thrown in for good measure. Everything was so tight yet fluid.

David Rosenthal more than covered original HTM Kit Watkins' keyboards, (Kit refused to re-unite with HTM).

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I was fortunate enough to make it back to the dressing room and got to meet HTM and we all traded thank-yous and hellos -- pressing the flesh and snapping pics for memories. What a great bunch of guys!!

I realize HTM played live their official reunion gig awhile back at NEARfest but I couldn't make it. Hearing all the freshly composed new material tried out on us was well worth the wait!

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Re: Planet X's MoonBabies release

Well, I've had my 4-5 listens and things still sound great. Track 4 is my current fav.

Early opinion: In response to someone saying things sounded "disjointed", I think/assume/feel I know where he is coming from. Between Donati's much more complex drum modes, Sherinian's incredibly dense compositions of angular, stop-n-go-stop-go-go-stop-break-GO! frenetics of one onslaught after another, (which my neurons have adapted to long ago), a first listen or melody-inclined listen might make one feel as if their head was in a faulty food processor upon hearing Moon Babies.

This CD represents a new, polymosaic of fusion in micro-evolution! I kept thinking of new coin-able phrases, buzz-words to hold this sound.

For example: dense fusion, black-hole fusion, aggressive fusion, cyber-warrior-caste fusion, angularly heavy fusion, Godzilla fusion . . . I think I like Godzilla fusion best. Why?

Derek, Virgil, and Tony are serving up way heavy, monstrous, dense, challenging, threatening, and excellently powerful fusion rock. There are some slow and flowingly easy moments but those are quickly devoured by whirlwind of notes, polyrhythmic rage, immense bass, and doomer speed-crunch axe. This is a warping, wall of fusion "noise" that requires cranking your brain up 4 or 5 notches to near 78rpm listening. Between Derek and Tony going insane in hyperdrive, fractal overload, unison lines and conversational soloing -- my bet is many folks will feel "disjointed" or pummeled into submission.

What keeps it all very organized is Donati's drums and the guest bassists providing a very interesting fusion rock groove throughout, a groove that provides a perfectly NON-disjointed foundation for all Derek and Tony's rail-gunnery and seek-and-destroy sonic ambushes.

I am gonna give this release a solid 9.3 out of 10 and that's only because I felt Tony needed to wail on fusion axe solos moreso and fills at least 10-15% more per track or at least be more present in the mix versus blended into much of Derek's superb synthwork. (I am an axe guy - so be it.)

After a good listen I have to disagree with any "disjointed" call. "Dense" is a much more accurate description.

Lastly, is this music or madness? It's a bit of both and that's exactly how I like it.

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HENDRIX a fusion forefather??

Interesting thought. Much is said in commentary on how McLaughlin filled a void of desparately needed new axe hero once Hendrix passed. When listening to young pre-Mahavishnu John on his Devotion release, that screaming wailing crunch of Hendrix is evident.
Jimi's fearless way of blending genres like blues, acid rock, instrumental guitar pyrotechnics,(figuratively and literally!), balladic power pop, and experimentally progressive rock epic saga songs like "1983, A merman I should turn to be . . .", surely helped inspire McLaughlin (and others) to meld modalities from afar into a screaming wall of genius fusion rock.
Everybody says Miles Davis brought the fusion noise but after listening to Bitches Brew, I dunno really. (I don't like that "seminal" album at all, myself.) Miles Davis did help birth and inspire greats like McLaughlin, Zawinul, Shorter, Stern, Holzman, etc, etc but they seemed to merely find a solid fusion freedom of expression and recognition once they _LEFT_ Miles' shadow of greatness.
McLaughlin had more jazz going in his head and hands than Jimi so I feel only Jimi's death kept him from becoming a fusion hero. There is a tune on South Saturn Delta or New Rays . . . (I forget now) where Jimi recorded with same nameless jazz studio artists but very lttle fusion was happening there. Still, Jimi very well may have found a new fusion groove upon hearing McLaughlin - ya know?
When you heard rockers like Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin, Ray Gomez and so on jumping into the fusion arena you know Hendrix would have stepped in too if he hadn't of checked out of planet Earth.
Jimi was essentially blues deep at heart in all his rock mastery and about the only trace of blues you ever hear in classic fusion was the syncopated bluesy shuffle breakdown in "The Dance of Maya". Of all the axe-men that could have been great fusion heroes if . . . they hadn't died, my guess is Tommy Bolin would have been more of a fusion natural and a real cornerstone of the genre, perhaps more than even Jimi. Whaddaya think??
Speaking of axe-men that could be quite excellent current-day fusionists but aren't really doing anything fusion-wise to speak of are the following: Jamie Glaser, Ray Gomez, and Bill Connors.
I have contacted Ray but nothing is happening with any CD release yet. We all are waiting Ray . . . .
I wrote a nice and encouraging letter to Bill via a NYC addy his brother gave me. No reply. Thanks Bill, nice of ya. (BTW, Connors tidbit of axe on Plainfield's new CD is nuthin' to write yer Mom about. Neither is his 2007 CD. Has one decent track which is a rehash.)

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FuseNet post by EER-MUSIC.com Editor . . .
Date:  Tue Jun 18, 2002  4:57 pm
Subject:  Shawn Lane on Personae / Lost Tribe CD up for grabs
Well, I finally nearly shed a tear during a fusion solo!

Why?

As a struggling guitarist, when you hear what Shawn Lane does live on 
the cut "Rice With the Angels" off the new Personae -- something just 
slips away -- any hope of ever reaching the levels that these guys 
play! Amazing! What a rush!

PERSONAE -BUY THIS MONSTER FUSION CD NOW!
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Buy this killer Fusion now!!
SHAWN LANE PHOTO, from Richard Hallebeek interview
SHAWN LANE - photo from Richard Hallebeek interview, "Read more about Lane!"
Lane was burning -- no lasering these coherent beams of sound in ostinato bursts like McLaughlin's MahaOrk 70s style but the ostinato runs were so fast and seamlessly fluid they approached the quicksilver shimmer of Holdsworth's legato explosions. It's very hard to imagine an axeman outdoing Mahavishnu John and Gnarly Allan in one solo but I swear -- I heard it happen in Lane's solo outburst. And as far as Scott Henderson's blusy-rock-fallin-down-the-stairs- drunk-n-laughin axe antics go -- Lane covers all that territory elsewhere on Personae. I have to admit that I used to own Powers of Ten and also listened to Tri-tone Fascination all by Lane but never really was deeply satisfied with those releases' overall gestalt(s). Personae however -- Whew! -- great stuff. I am now a solid Lane fan. I highly recommend this release.


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It has come to my attention recently that two misconceptions
run rampant about jazz rock fusion fans as well as those
editor/reviewer/webmaster types like myself being:

	1) Narrow in their musical tastes

as well as the juvenile aspersion cast forth that e-zines/review
websites are:

	2) Only after free CDs and do not support
                the arts via purchasing music

Frankly, this mentality irks me royally in its own form of
insipid narrow-mindedness. A certain alternate-guitar progger,
(I refuse to name), and some well-known jazz fusion guitarists
come to mind . . . when I think of such shallow mentality.

To set aside any future b.s./whining from these folks and other
out there with similar rut-driven mentalities, I offer a listing
of the music I have purchased for my own collection since
November 2001.

Recent CD purchases: (in no genre order) [artist: album]
=======================
1.	Aaron Copland: Assorted works
2.	AC/DC: Back in Black (remastered)
3.	Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “New World”,
                        Symphonic Variations, Op. 78
4.	Bill Connors: Theme to the Guardian
5.	Billy Cobham’s Glassmenagerie: Stratus
6.	Black Sabbath: The Mob Rules (remastered UK import)
7.	Bonzo Dog Band: The Best of the Bonzo Dog Band
8.	Christopher Parkening: The Artistry of Christopher Parkening
9.	Crack the Sky: Animal Notes/Safety in Numbers
10.	David Sylvian and Holger Czukay: Plight and Premonition
11.	Dixie Dregs: Freefall
12.	Donovan: Mellow Yellow/Wear Your Love Like Heaven
13.	E.S.T.: Somewhere Else Before
14.	Ed Mann: Get Up
15.	Erik Satie: Complete Piano Music
16.	Frank Zappa: Guitar(2CD)
17.	Frank Marino: Juggernaut
18.	Franz Liszt: Panorama (2CD)
19.	George Gershwin: Concerto in F, An American in Paris,
                             Rhapsody in Blue
20.	Greg Bissonette: self-titled
21.	Hatfield and the North: The Rotters Club
22.	Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Petrushka
23.	Jean Michel Jarre: The Essential J.M. Jarre
24.	Jennifer Batten: Above, Below, and Beyond
25.	Jimi Hendrix: South Saturn Delta
26.	Jimi Hendrix: First Rays of the New Rising Sun
27.	Joe Satriani: Not of this Earth
28.	John McLaughlin: Devotion
29.	Karl Jenkins: Diamond Music
30.	Keith Jarrett: Dark Intervals
31.	Laocoon: Immersion
32.	Leo Kottke: The Essential Leo Kottke
33.	Lyle Mays: Solo (improvisations for expanded piano)
34.	M-Base Collective: Anatomy of a Groove
35.	Maurice Ravel: Assorted piano works
36.	Mike Oldfield: Hergest Ridge
37.	Mike Stern: Odds and Evens
38.	Miriodor: Elastic Juggling
39.	Neil Young: Decade(2CD)
40.	Orb: The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld(2CD)
41.	Ozric Tentacles: Become the Other
42.	Ozric Tentacles: Curious Corn
43.	Phil Miller: Split Seconds
44.	Phil Miller: Cutting Both Ways
45.	Players: self-titled
46.	Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos 2 & 3
47.	Return To Forever: Return to the 7th Galaxy, Anthology(2CD)
48.	Roxy Music: Avalon
49.	Schoenberg: The Transfigured Night, Variations Op 31
50.	Soft Machine: Bundles
51.	Steely Dan: Showbiz Kids, The Steely Dan Story(2CD)
52.	Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Rhythm People
53.	Steve Hillage: Rainbow Dome Musick
54.	Steve Khan: Eyewitness
55.	Steve Khan: Tightrope
56.	Steve Khan: The Blue Man
57.	Stone Temple Pilots: Core
58.	Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (special new edition)
59.	Terje Rypdal: Odyssey
60.	Terje Rypdal and the Chasers: Blue
61.	Tomita: Dawn Chorus
62.	Uli Jon Roth: Transcendental Sky Guitar(2CD)
63.	Wally Badarou: Words of a Mountain
64.	Wendy Carlos: Beauty in the Beast

(This list does not include CDs I purchased
 as gifts for family and friends!)

Do the math.

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Heads-up: . . . ex-Megadeth/DamntheMachine axeman Chis Poland can truly wail some hardcore fusion. Grooveyard records just sent EER-MUSIC.com the 2002 issue of his CHASING THE SUN CD. It has many strong fusion moments and excellent axe throughout. Poland is severely talented, ripping it up like a cross between Scott Henderson/Ray Gomez/Jeff Beck and bits of John Goodsall sneak out as well. I was also sent a CD-R teaser of an extended live jam by Poland's trio called OHM. Wow! I cannot wait for the OHM CD to be completed. I hear from a friend who has seen them live that they smoke. Poland has grown way beyond shred and metal!! Yippee . . . Keep yer ears open. PS: Bass work is killer too as well as fine drums too on the OHM teaser trak.


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A hydra-headed heads-up from EER-MUSIC.com . . . 1) Tom Voli of Gnarly Geezer just shipped EER-MUSIC.com most of the CDs that http://gnarlygeezer.com offers. I am VERY impressed and delighted with the listens to: "Timequake" by Norway's Ronny Heimdal. WOW! Grab this quickly. The musicianship and compositions are fusion bliss. Many, many very wonderful things are happening here. If you dig AH, TTech, and Houston, Texas' STRATUS or Asia's KENSO then do grab "Timequake" by Ronny Heimdal, mmm, mmm -- good. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE: RONNY HEIMDAL 2) FLATTire just in from Megazoidal . . .
NEW ALLAN HOLDSWORTH SYNTHAXE SOLO CD!
READ REVIEW: ALLAN HOLDSWORTH 3) The Canadian group, SPACED OUT, lead by the bassist/composer Antoine FaFard deserves a very good nod for their recent fusion rock releases. Do check 'em out! More info here: http://www.unicornrecords.com/spacedout/ and in-depth SPACED OUT CD reviews here: http://eer-music.com/EER_music_reviews/SPACED_OUT.html Ciao!


ENJOY THE SULTRY but ROCKIN' VOX OF
AURORA K's, Katriina aka "KAKE"
Experience this femme of Finland!

Aurora K's KAKE!
Aurora K's "Kake"!

Sarah "smoothassilkvox" Pillow sent EER her NOUVE MUSICHE with Brand X boys backing her in this delicious vox-trek through a myriad of stylings that just are darn good vibes and jams all intermingled with Sarah's sultry croonings. She navigates nuances and runs in a way-cool groove. She's a natural! Throw in dat hot Brand X groove and you can't go wrong!
LINK TO FINISHED PELOSI REVIEW READY AT: Fusion index (e-mail excerpt to Mr. Pelosi): "The Code's, (guitarist/composer Giovanni "John" Pelosi), FIGLI DI BAIA . . .WOW! Excellent stuff! You have got yer act together 110% dude. Superb jams, killer compositions, amazing chops, great sound and production, sweet-hearted and soulful packaging. Your band is top-notch, keys slayed me, bass kicked me so fine, drums right on and JOHN, yeehaw, you are a guitarist's guitarist. I heard lotsa S. Henderson, flashes of F. Gambale, rocking screams of Germany's fusion-queen, Susan Weinert, a touch of Holdsworthian speed and grace, bits of Metheny, echoes of Nguyên Lê and best of all a fresh sound all Pelosi's. The Code's Richard Evans is amazing on keys reminding me of Jac La Greca's keyboardist. Your music overall brings to mind Weather Report colliding with early Steps Ahead whilst holding forth the fire of Tribal Tech yet mirroring the finesse of Steely Dan. Pat Metheny Group might be another reference but I dig your guitar-synth MUCH better. This is one of the best fusion releases I have had the honor of hearing in 2000! Do some more soon! Surf to www.thecodesite.com for more info. ~ John W. Patterson, Editor of ECLECTIC EARWIG REVIEWS


If you dug SHOW ME WHAT YOU CAN DO, (Gambale,Hamm,Smith)

then you'll also enjoy THE LIGHT BEYOND.


It is another solid fusion release with plenty of studio jamming as well as written material. Gambale, Hamm, and Smith are tight as usual and Gambale rips it up in great style with no filler riffs. Lotsa incredible sweep picking runs, mean bass, and intricate drums. LINK TO FINISHED REVIEW READY AT: Fusion index

While I'm jawin' about fusion -- be sure to grab VITAL TECH TONES 2


by Scott Henderson et al, Wooten, and Smith. Excellent! Killer! Whammy bar heaven. Blusey, whacked, rockin' jazz fusion guitars out the wazoo. Wooten explodes on bass, goes beyond Stanley Clarke's style in places -- aw yeah. Smith drives the grooves perfectly. LINK TO FINISHED REVIEW READY AT: Fusion index

Also, a somewhat unknown riffer, Greg Howe, has just released HYPERACUITY

, another fusion goodie and I was delightfully surprised, really dug it as well, (90% of the time). I first got into Howe with his FIVE release which is also recommended. THIS IS NOT SHRED. This is incredibly lyrical fusiony chops. Howe seriously blew me away many times. We're talking John McLaughlin hyper-drive in places. Yeah, baby. LINK TO FINISHED REVIEW READY AT: Fusion index

Watch the store shelves . . . or hang out here at E.E.R. and start yer cyber-shopping . . .

Magna Carta just sent me some new Steve Morse.
LINK TO FINISHED REVIEW READY AT:
Morse like you never have heard before!! Grab MAJOR IMPACTS now!

Whew, did Morse surprise me on this new release, MAJOR IMPACTS. He has a new sound. "Why?" Becuz this is a "tribute" type of project. Morse echoes Cream, Hendrix, Beck, McLaughlin, Mountain, Led Zep, and more. I am digging this more than even the recent Dixie Dregs re-united release. EER review will give MAJOR IMPACTS high recommendations! LINK TO FINISHED REVIEW READY AT: Fusion index


Just got in some great remastered, re-releases by Germany's KRAAN
Peter Wolbrandt wails! More KRAAN info when you click here . . .
Their 1977 WIEDERHOREN is spectacular, full of high-energy fusion jams, that touch on Steely Dan jazz yet with Amon Duul vocals(WOLF CITY era), I hear some FINNFOREST here too. This is highly recommended. Also sent was KRAAN's 1978 remade, FLYDAY which covers the spectrum of funk-rock to Hendrix,("Room Full of Mirrors") to CRY OF LOVE and even Dire Straits!?, as well as Wishbone Ash. Lotsa great grooves to have growin' on ya. Plenty of hook-laden cuts in that '70s slink-a-long boogie rock. Fun stuff!!


FLASH!! :^( OZONE QUARTET HAS DISBANDED, splitsville! )^:


(See O.Q. News for more info)
READ IT NOW!! . . .
A closeup, insider's view on Raleigh, NC, USA's

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Just got in some wild Hendrixian/Frank Marino/M. Rush/Trower kinda rock by one heck of a fine guitarist called Rick Ray of Neurosis Records. I was sent his solo offerings, including CAST INTO OUR DIMENSION, and a live gig recording of his band Riot Act. I really enjoy the incredible chops this guy lays down with serious ferocity and tons of whacked-out intros, leads, and outros. He is good! Best of all his tunes have a message I fully endorse. His vox his decent, sometimes phased like Marino did, sometimes Ray uses samples of radio voices, etc. This Ray dude is a riffer with no stops and no fear of extending "that moment of inspired jammin" This isn't fusion but honestly good rock with effects out the wazoo. He even employs distorted, warped clarinet!
LINK TO FINISHED REVIEW READY AT: Fusion index "Allan Holdsworth's Sixteen Men of Tain is mellow, measured, and melancholy. This is that quiet woodlands walk at dusk or being alone at dawn in the mists of a forgotten moor, type of jazz wonderland. Holdsworth has stayed with his comfortable, even-handed "flow" and gently restrained ways as on None Too Soon and Secrets. His Synthaxe work appears again in several compositions with that Sand feel. The jazz rock, fired-up, effusive fusion is kept at bay but Holdsworth's incredible legato, tornado riffage and chordal dreamscapes are still in pleasing abundance. Holdsworth has nothing to prove, no need to strain at the bit. The power and glory are an evident undercurrent throughout. That sax-horn voicing is near perfect in many places and Holdsworth is introspectively smooth and mirror-shine pristine in tone everywhere he needs to be. He has set forth another very comfortable listen and a reached a new milestone in his enduring legacy of matchless grace." ~ John W. Patterson, Editor ECLECTIC EARWIG REVIEWS and Fusion Ed. of ALL ABOUT JAZZ, More info here: www.allanholdsworth.com, (Gnarly Geezer Records)
Per 03/01/2K e-mail to Mark Gleed, of Soma fame, a collector's item LP/CD fetchin' as much as $75!! Anyway . . . the "scoop" followeth:

Mark "Wonderboy" Gleed!! Whoa baby, NEVERWASNEVERWILLBE, (year 2000), demo tape/work in progress . . . is one heck of a fun ride!! Raw and unfinished as it may be I luv'ed it man. You have a Joe Jackson/Bill Nelson/Bryan Ferry/Jeff Berlin,(singing on Bruford's GRADUALLY GOING TORNADO)/King Crimson iconoclastic/smugboy, (Adrian Belew period) type of styling to your bombastic, crooning vox -- luv it!! -- fun, raucous, and delightfully reckless lyricism. What phatly zany, in-your-face, effusive keys, and wonderful unique compositions you have there Mr. Gleed. Sir Allan Holdsworth, of course, was smokin' the frets and curiously jazzrockstar-legend loose, crunchin' some ripper, power chords. He seemed to be havin' a blast just beating and choking his axe into neutron star-death in between his signature way-too-fast legato tornado riffage. Matchless, mesmerizing, and maddening musick! T. Levin was his usual monster-bass self. Guy E. drums just right. GET THIS SUCKER FINISHED FAST and lemme be 1st to review it for ya!! Good golly, Mark, dis be da stuff!! ~ John W. Patterson, Editor of ECLECTIC EARWIG REVIEWS



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JAYE FOUCHER just sent me her Contagious Grooves 2000 release and it smokes!! Whoa baby! Check her out on "Zombieland", Metallica move outta da way, Jaye is here! Another great release from Jaye! A fun riff-ride.


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