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Gregg Bendian's Interzone: "Myriad"

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  • hotelopera@aol.com
    i m kind of behind the times at the moment and haven t read up on the latest list digests yet so i don t know if there s already been some conversation about
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2000
      i'm kind of behind the times at the moment and haven't read up on the latest
      list digests yet so i don't know if there's already been some conversation
      about this release but i just picked up one of the latest releases involving
      the great guitarist Nels Cline, and his equally great twin brother drummer
      Alex. not quite as wowing as last year's Nels/Bendian reworking of
      Coltrane's "Interstellar Space" but a worthy listen nonetheless. although
      to me, the merit of any particular Nels Cline project hinges upon how well he
      can adapt to that environment--- be it his transition into being a Geraldine
      Fibber, or laying a sprawling solo over Mike Watt's bouyant bass playing.
      in this case, Bendian sticks to the vibraphone for most of the album, and the
      combination of electric guitar with vibes sounds a little awkward, sonically.
      i mean, it worked on the mellow side with "Lonnie's Lament" on
      "Interstellar Space Revisited", but here with them both in full gear, it
      takes some getting used to. still, a solid release and it's always
      invigorating to hear those guys do what they do, especially if you're already
      framiliar with those cats. otherwise, i think the Coltrane tribute would be
      better heard first.
      -al
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