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Jonas Hellborg - Temporal Analogues Of Paradise (with Shawn Lane / Apt. Q-258) CD (album) cover


Jonas Hellborg


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.94 | 12 ratings

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Squire Jaco
5 stars This review is actually of the remastered Bardo Records version (blue cd cover) of the original 1996 Day Eight Records cd with Mao Tse-tung's picture hanging behind the three group members.

Anyway, here you have three virtuosos so confident in their ability and vision that they have the canasters to put out a cd with just two long (32-minutes and 27-minutes) improvised jams done in a live setting. And it all works beautifully. The album art is stark, the booklet notes are practically nonexistent, yet the title is this precocious and cerebral "Temporal Analogs of Paradise" which focuses the listener's attention on the MUSIC, and nothing else. For good reason.

Jeff Sipe (aka Apt. Q-258) has an eclectic background, with influences from Carl Palmer to the great jazz masters, and he's magnificent in this type of setting. Jonas Hellborg (arguably the most famous of the trio) has a great arsenal of styles and sounds, venturing from soft melodic to bop to growling fury - he's quite a talent. Together, they form a solid and knowing rhythm section that's not shy about taking their turns in the soloing spotlight.

After those two, one might be tempted to slight Shawn Lane as just "icing on the cake". But the former Black Oak Arkansas guitar wunderkind from Memphis takes what is already GREAT to...well, EXCEPTIONAL. I'd love to have a video of him playing, as he tends to sound like two (or even three!) guitarists at once in places. He can fly as fast as a heavy metal shredder, or alternately add beautiful background colors to the other soloists. For many of us, it was the unique sound and talent of Shawn Lane that originally drew us to this cd.

Tastefully done all around, this is phenomenal improvised jazz/rock fusion of the very highest order.

Squire Jaco | 5/5 |


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