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2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame!, 8 Oct 2013
This review is from: PRISM (Audio CD)
I had been looking forward to this...a LOT.
Then I heard it and listened to it again and again...
All that is wrong with this for me is the guitar... the tone is just horrendous and to me it is much...MUCH too loud in the mix.
In a number of pieces my inner rear hears, or should I say 'wishes for' wayne Krantz, Adam Rogers, Kurt Rosenwingel and/or a few more.
All of whom show more taste and tone than Eubanks does on this recording
Could we not get a version of this cd with another set of guitar tracks dubbed onto it?
Or maybe one without guitar?
That would still be better than what we have here...to my ear anyways.
The fact that many of the pieces are , to my ear much, much weaker than those on previous holland albums only adds to my overall disappointment with this , most recent cd from dave holland...and he has such an able band...
What a shame!
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2013 20:18:59 BDT
Mr. D. Bain says:
On line five of your review you write that "In a number of pieces my inner rear (sic) hears, or should I say wishes for wayne Krantz, adam Rogers, Kurt Rosenwingel and/or a few more". Maybe you are listening to this in the wrong way.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2013 20:24:46 BDT
inkster says:
Fair enough and an interesting point;
How do you suggest I listen to it?
I just pointed at the things I dislike about this and proposed players whose tone and style I think would have sounded better to me in this context.
:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 20:16:22 GMT
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Posted on 13 Dec 2013 10:57:56 GMT
I just wanted to draw inkster's attention to a Kevin Eubanks album called Zen Food (link below). It is a much more accessible and less 'full-on' way of experiencing Eubanks' concept and may give you an 'in' into Prism. I find Kevin to be one of those guitar players I can recognise in two or three notes. I have to say that, like you, my first thought on hearing 'The Watcher' was 'uh-oh' but, having given the CD more time, I am finding it to be a grower. I learned a long time ago to trust musicians like Holland. He is not going to do anything lightweight and would not release anything that could undermine his integrity or credibility (if he was, he would have done so years ago). It may be a different approach but the strength of purpose is still there, the rhythmic interest, the spark. Spend some time with the work. It has considerable merit.

Zen Food
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