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PIECES OF THE SUN

Tony Levin

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.63 | 17 ratings

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FranMuzak
4 stars ANOTHER EXCELLENT RELEASE BY THE 'STICK MAN'

One of the characteristics that gives Tony Levin world recognition is his knowledge and high skills for playing bass and specially the Chapman Stick. And in this recording you can hear that clearly. This is his third output and is more varied and 'heavier' than WATERS IN EDEN, with some jazz elements, a Crimsonesque touch here and there and also a clear Peter Gabriel feeling, being that an obvious thing because TL band include Jerry Marotta and Larry Fast, both, along with Tony, regular members of the PG band.

"Apollo" opens the album in a magnificent way, with many variations during the song and including heavy riffs and drumming a la KC and an interesting collaboration from the guys of California Guitar Trio. "Geronimo" is a shorty with great guitar and tons of bass (upright and stick). "Aquafin" is a nice semi-acoustic track with Omnichord by Tony and Jerry Marotta, and the acoustic guitars played by Jesse Gress and. Jerry too!! "Dog One" is a remake of an out-take of Peter Gabriel, and it seems that they enjoyed doing the vocals..'Dog one.dog two. dog three..' "Tequila" is another experiment done with a familiar song, that is different from the original, except for the word 'Tequila'. Interesting track with good sax played by-guess who?- Jerry again! "Pieces Of The Sun" is one of the best and darkest of the album, with excellent drumming, very good guitar and funk-fingered bass. "Phobos" is yet another remake of a song from Larry Fast own project Synergy and is an electronic track with great drumming and stick playing. "Ooze" is a simple but interesting piece with middle- east flavor and Tony playing his funk finger guitar and cello. "Blue Nude Reclining" is another short easy song with nice guitar and sax. "The Fifth Man" is a favourite of mine with an obvious Crimson style and masterfully played by all the musicians. "Ever The Sun Will Rise" is the larger track with a long Stick and Piano introduction to later start with a rhythmic section that reminds me of "I Don't Remember" by PG. The closer "Silhouette" is a beautiful piece in the WATERS OF EDEN vein. A nice and peaceful way to end a great journey that took us near the SUN.

Another excellent album by an excellent artist. Recommended to. everybody.

4 stars

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 4/5 |

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