Self-Brewing” with the strange sound of Mark Shim’s MIDI Wind Controller sounding like an overdriven bass guitar. It’s busy and exciting music with electric piano and percussion in continuous motion. Abbasi’s guitar smears light like it is a distant galaxy seen through gravitational lensing. “New Rituals” has the guitar, bass and drums unit in a tight improvising formation with some synth shading the corners. There is a pale and limpid guitar synthesizer sound akin to Pat Metheny, but then a dramatic shift to old school Hammond organ and guitar. The track seems to be showing some of the outlets for the electric guitar in jazz over the decades culminating in a strident tone of guitar over organ and strong drumming. For the culminating song, “Matter Falls,” Shim’s saxophone takes a decidedly darker tone and Abbasi’s guitar emits strong sparks like there is an electrical storm on the horizon. The band pushes hard, making for strong, bracing music that slams you back and forth dynamically and leaves you very impressed with Mark Shim who can switch between groaning wind instrument and soaring saxophone. The music on this album really strives for eclecticism, and while it may be rooted in fusion, it takes a very broad view of what that word means and seeks to reclaim it, shorn of baggage and carry it into the future. Rez Abbasi is very successful on this album in the pulling together and merging of his many diverse interests. The musicians in the band were well chosen for the project and worked together selflessly for a very noteworthy project. Behind the Vibration - amazon.com
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