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Tribal Tech


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.86 | 26 ratings

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3 stars Led by guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson and bassist Gary Willis. Tribal Tech is a jazz fusion band that is based on the talents of the former mentioned. If I were to define their sound , they seem like a cross between the jazziest Jeff Beck and Planet X. Their music is incredibly technical and mostly instrumental based on mid tempo songs and improvisations. While I find this album to be enjoyable for any music lover , sometimes their style leaves me cold. And that's due Tribal Tech output sometimes feels like background music to me ( Incredibly well played though).

That being said , there are some killer tunes on this album that deserve my attention. Got tuh B is the fastest song of the album and features some notable bass and drums interplay at the beginning and then has some synth lines on it. Making a complete contrast , the next song Peru is really laid back featuring a spacey feel with some smooth percussion. One of my favourite songs of the record is the funky Elvis at the Hop developed by some thick bass lines and Scott's amazing guitar skills. The rest of the songs here are based on the same pattern: Mid tempo drumming accompanied by guitar and keyboard solos. I can't say the musicians here are self indulgent though because this tunes ain't overlong but the record itself is: more than one hour of songs with the same jam session feel may be too much for some listeners.

Even though I don't think neither this record nor Tribal Tech are a bad proposal. Scott Henderson is one of the finest fusion guitarists around and the rest of the band accompaines him decently enough. But their music seems to lack the punch of some great fusion records like Mahavishnu's or Ponty's.

crimson87 | 3/5 |


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