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JUST ADD WATER

Virgil Donati

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.88 | 7 ratings

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JazzFusionGuy
4 stars One of the hottest fusion rock drummers strutting the planet these days is Virgil Donati. This release showcases his enormous talents. Amazingly enough, all the spectacular, percussive energy and sonic paintings on Just Add Water are spontaneous, unrehearsed jam sessions. I have seen video of Donati going absolutely genius-insane on drums with T.J. Helmerich and Brett Garsed. He held my rapt attention. I should admit I am not a drum-fanboy but Donati is heads and high hats above the rest of most fusion drummers.

Eight cuts of all-out mayhem and wild-cool, fusion abandon are to be experienced within. Being driven along by Donati's fury is the bluesy-fusey-rockin' axeman, Scott "Wildman" Henderson. One word needs to be said concerning Henderson's jamming on this disc -- inspired. This groove Henderson immerses himself in is as good and better than his finest moments on Tribal Tech's Thick release. Pumping the blood-hot, low-end heartbeat is Ricc Fierabracci. He's good, really good. Just sample his solo work in "On Manners".

I recommend this release to you musicians who think you know what fusion, funky, fun-fest jam sessions are all about. Hear a new angle of near-perfect grooves and "what-it's-all-about" power trio dynamics. Fans of wah-wah blues fusion will be delighted with Henderson's "fallin'-down-stairs-easy" riff-fest. They wind it up way-tight in climactic fashion building to a fever pitch on the final cut, "How To Grow Great Women". This THE wildest soloing I have ever heard Henderson do.

"Donati, Henderson, Fierabracci! Put down yer sticks, guitars, and face the wall. You're under arrest for playin' too darn fast. You have the right to remain silent . . . yeah right.

Footnote: Scott Henderson wrote to me recently -- stating that this was only meant to be a simple jam session in the studio and NOT to be officially or otherwise released publicly to his understanding. When it was released by Donati -- he was not happy at all -- furious is a better word methinks. After some legal wranglings things settled down but I think the overall debacle ruined relationships for years to come. Sad, really. If you can ever locate this ultra-rare CD for a decent price -- grab it. It is very, very rare killer fusion and no more copies will be made to my understanding.

JazzFusionGuy | 4/5 |

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