6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2004
Other great solo technicians of the drumming world have tried to make a decent record with a band, for example Dennis Chambers's Outbreak. However, Unlike The Dave Weckl band the songs lack the musicality and melodic, harmonic beauty. I think it is safe to say that Weckl's three previous band releases have climaxed towards this most recent record. Perpetual Motion is sheer brilliance. It is really nice to see how pianist Steve Weingart's and Weckl's compositional relationship has evolved since the last release 'Transition.' There is not only more of the same, for example tracks like the explosive, Latin 'Tiempo de Festival' but also evidence of new musical directions like track six with its 7/8 feel. It never ceases to amaze me how all the tracks can be so catchy, each with it's own perfectly created hook and executed to the highest degree. There are a few welcome additions to the band line up in the form of brass sections throughout and subtle vocals in track 2. Don't worry though it's still a truly instrumental experience as always. And what an experience at that. With each of the musicians being aloud numerous chances to showcase their individual virtuosity, this record is not just for Drummers. On the subject of drummers it seems that as Dave Weckl gets older he becomes even more incredible. His combination of terrific power, sense of musicality and mind boggling skill are still more than apparent. For Weckl fans this album is a must have and for fans of music in general the same applies.