Gregg Bendian's Interzone: "Myriad"
- 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.