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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.47 | 6 ratings

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4 stars This is one of the most powerful live performances I have ever witnessed. Not only is the DVD video and audio quality top notch, but I have never witnessed such musicianship, power and energy all packaged in extremely well structured compositions. More often than not when incredible musicians get together it becomes a chopfest jam with no purpose other than self indulgence. These guys know how to blow and I mean blow but all in the confines of taste and musicality! Klaghorn is one of my favorite compositions as it lets Dennis Chambers loose. Dennis has more soul in one of his fingers than most drummers wished they had and talk about his chops and groove, he's ridiculous! Sheehan on the bass is like witnessing Jimmy Hendrix all over again only on a bass guitar! How he plays all of those notes and still keeps the pocket I 'll never know. As far as keyboadrtists, where has John Novello been all of my life. His organ tone scereams with fire and soul. He's Emerson reincarnated but with more jazz fusion head room and way more sophisticated harmonies. My only complaint is the DVD is too short as I defintiely did not gte enough. I would love for them to record another DVD because even though it has stood the test of time, this is an old recording and since then they have developed an even more unique impressive style with their last 2 CD's Time Crunch and now Organik. My favorite instrumental fusion band used ot be RTF but the way Niacin is smoking lately, I don't think there's a trio on really look like they're having a great time doing what they do effortlessly!
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