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This review is from: Blues For Tony (Audio CD)
That'll be Allan Holdsworth, Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman for the unitiated. But then I doubt the unitiated are going to be leaping onto the internet to buy a double live tribute to the New Tony Williams Lifetime, whom Holdsworth performed with some 35 years back. The tribute tour actually took place in 2007, and this compilation of material is the result.
Anyone who knows anything about guitarists knows that Allan Holdsworth is an absolute monster, going right back to the early seventies, he's always been at the edges, experimenting in sound, and with his collaborators here - well known sessionman Jimmy Haslip (who probably keeps his Michael Bolton past a secret), one time Santana keyboard player, Alan Pasqua and former Frank Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman - he has a mighty fine band to pay tribute to the legendary jazz drummer Tony Williams.
And this record really smokes, with the four technicians bouncing off each other like men possessed. Although this is nominally a jazz record, there are a lot of crossover moments into the world of proper progressive music and experimentation. Straight from the off, on the title track, Holdsworth spins out some guitar lines that will have many a guitar player giving up out of sheer exasperation. His bandmates are no slouches either, although it's a bit early in the day for a drum solo.
The one full band writing collaboration, 'It Must Be Jazz' comes close to inventing a brand new genre, that of aerospaceageinfernojazz, with every musician hitting simultaneous peaks. It's quite refreshing to realise that they can't manage to maintain that level of alchemy over the whole double album, and things on CD 2 are more mundane by comparison. But I stress, that's "by comparison", and there's more going on here that in a dozen other jazz releases put together.
There are moments on this record when you realise that, actually, it doesn't get any better, and if the entire piece doesn't quite match the peaks, the troughs of Allan Holdsworth, Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman are still higher than most people will match in a lifetime of trying.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2011 15:40:34 GMT
Yousuf A. Jarrah says:
I can't help feeling its a tad misleading to call Haslip a "sessionman", when he's a founder member of the multi-grammy award Yellowjackets, with whom he's been for 25 years and which is where most people probably know him from... Its a bit like calling Pat Metheny a session man because he's played with Joni Mitchell and Bruce Hornsby.
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