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TRIBAL TECH

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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This Jazz-Fusion band was formed in 1984 by guitarist Scott Henderson and bassist Gary Willis and released their debut album "Spears" a year later. Subsequently they released numerous Jazz-Fusion albums throughout the late 80's and 90's. After a short hiatus from 1995 to 1999 during which the band members pursued various solo projects they reunited to to record two more albums in 1999 and 2000 and have not released any albums since then.

Their style is hard to describe because they varied it a lot on their various albums. There are strong influences of Free Jazz and Blues, and they're going about their music in a very laid back way. While they have some mellow tracks, the majority of their music is very light and uplifting, and quite funny at times.


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Scott Henderson is an exceptional Jazz/Blues guitarist, and the interplay between the TRIBAL TECH musicians is simply amazing. Henderson has an unique understanding of Jazz improvisation, and Willis and the various TRIBAL TECH drummers harmonize perfectly.


Discography:
Spears (1985)
Dr. Hee (1987)
Nomad (1990)
Tribal Tech (1991)
Illicit (1992)
Face First (1993)
Primal Tracks (1994)
Reality Check (1995)
Thick (1999)
Rocket Science (2000)

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3.33 | 9 ratings
Spears
1985
3.64 | 13 ratings
Dr. Hee
1987
3.60 | 10 ratings
Nomad
1990
3.84 | 19 ratings
Tribal Tech
1991
3.85 | 13 ratings
Illicit
1992
3.73 | 11 ratings
Face First
1993
3.20 | 10 ratings
Reality Check
1995
4.28 | 16 ratings
Thick
1999
3.94 | 15 ratings
Rocket Science
2000
4.02 | 30 ratings
X
2012

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3.09 | 4 ratings
Primal Tracks
1994

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 X by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 30 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by darkshade
Collaborator Jazz Rock/Fusion Team

4 stars Tribal Tech return after an 11 year hiatus with "X". Not the most original album name, but whatever. I'm not Tribal Tech expert, I only have a few of their albums from the late 80s/early90s, and only heard a couple of tunes from their later albums, but I can tell you without a doubt---this is their most original album in a while. This album is hard, experimental in places, and funky in others.

The only thing you know you can expect is virtuoso playing from these guys, of course. After that, X sees the band playing around with song structures. Apparently, in 2010 they recorded most of the rough tracks for this album, lots of improvisation and so on. Then they spent the year and half before this album came out adding overdubs and structuring the jams, making much of this music seem composed; and in a way it is.

What I also like about this album is the "usual fusion" sound is gone, you know, that late 80s/early 90s fusion sound, like Chick Corea Elektric Band, Dave Weckl Band, or Zawinul Syndicate (minus the world fusion aspect); THAT sound. It's gone here. And it's good, because otherwise it would date this record horribly. No, the band is trying new things on this album. A little electronic beats here and there, different keyboard sounds, etc. This record is more earthly. There are moments of intense electric post-bop, some more soulful, contemplative playing by Scott Henderson, and a variety of other different moods.

It's not the most progressive album, but it's a fun record, and one of the more original albums by the band. And it's nice to see Tribal Tech not stuck in the same sound, experimenting with different things.

A pretty good fusion album. If you like modern fusion, you'll probably enjoy this. If you're a Tribal Tech fan, you'll enjoy the different feel this album has.

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 Thick by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.28 | 16 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by wbiphoto

5 stars I'm also surprised, as the other reviewer, that this amazing recording by Tribal Tech has not been lauded and reviewed at least fifty times.

I will begin by saying that I am not a big fan of the blues. I have a low tolerance level for repetitive lines, licks and chord progressions that have been heard ten thousand times before. However, this is one of those exceptions where the playing, although grounded in blues and jazz-blues, is so outstanding that it raises the bar beyond most anything that's being done today.

If you need structure, themes, choruses and predictability in your music, then this album is not for you. But if you'd like to challenge yourself and taste and absolute masterpiece of jazz and blues improvisation then I highly encourage you to buy this album and listen to it carefully. The interplay between the musicians and their ability to accent and highlight each others' lines are reminiscent of classics like Miles' Bitches Brew and Herbie's Crossings and other "ambient jazz fusion" records from the early 1970s.

What differentiates this TT record from the aforementioned is the guitar, which was mostly non-existent on those 70s sessions. On Thick you have Scott Henderson on guitar, displaying a blend of virtuosity, inventiveness and inspiration seldom heard in today's overly abundant power-chord and shred-heavy affairs.

Thick is one of those rare records that's able to get nasty, heavy, electric and downright mind-blowing technical, yet retain an organic feel throughout its entirety. The title track has to be one of the best examples of cosmic blues guitar I have ever heard with a slow ambient build-up that climaxes on one of THE BEST solos I have ever heard. I am big fan of using wah pedals tastefully, to add emotion and tension, and Scott raises the bar on wah soloing to unprecedented heights.

(If you're a tone junkie, then you will get your fix with Thick. Henderson's tone is so THICK, creamy, soulful, clean yet dirty, and able to pierce through the mix without sounding overbearing; not an easy thing to do in the studio).

Yes, there are other musicians on this record aside from Scott; even though the guitarist steals the spotlight. The rest of the band is amazing, as well, and maintains an airy, spacey foundation without losing the groove; and there are plenty of grooves. But, the grooves never last too long for the music to get repetitive or boring. First and foremost this a jazz record and the accompaniment adheres to that premise.

On the track What Has He Had the band goes into a King Crimson-like drum and bass syncopation that ends with voices laughing and clapping behind dissonance and chaos. An absolute surprise, yet seamlessly fitting right in with everything else on the record.

Sheik Of Encino starts out sounding a lot like the smoother jazz fusion of the late 80s and ends up rising to a frenzy worthy of challenging the very best of Weather Report or the Mahvishnu Orchestra. Of course, to keep up with the overall theme of the record, there is an obligatory ambient section in the middle with some keyboards and cymbal work that doesn't disappoint.

In conclusion, this is easily a five star recording, but not of "progressive rock music", but of ambient-jazz-blues-rock-fusion. A masterpiece is a masterpiece and it doesn't have to be Anglo-European-classically influenced for it to be considered "essential"; nor does it have to have a story line like The Lamb on Broadway for it to be deep and thoughtful.

If you're ready to step out of your comfort zone and take a break from the predictable metal power chords or the old and tired symphonic prog, Thick presents and opportunity to engage some of THE BEST improvised jazz-rock that you will ever find.

FIVE STARS for Thick.

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 X by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 30 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars 12 years after the last TRIBAL TECH studio album-the phenomenal and innovative ROCKET SCIENCE-our dearest fusion masters are back in business with this amazing new album called X!Well-12 years is an amazingly long period of silence-and this too long musical hiatus for TRIBAL TECH-has come to an end ,the new masterpiece called X-will plenty satisfy even the most pretentious Scott Henderson fan-or TRIBAL TECH fan-or-generally speaking-any modern fusion fan!Definitely-the alchemy between the musicians is still present-technically speaking-all 4 guys are fantastic-and the compositions are the expression of what instrumental fusion should be in 2012!I've always admired the fact that TRIBAL TECH were all time an avant gardistic band in a way ,trying all the time to discover and explore new musical territories-and this album is the prove that the guys in the band still have something to tell in this eltistic musical style!Most of the songs are midtempo orientated-and the element oif surprise is present on each track too!The sound,the production is perfect-crystal clear sound-and each instrument sounds sensational!Henderson is pushing some unbelievebly complicated solos-and he's a monster technician,maybee the most technically advanced from all fusion guitar players-ALLAN HOLDSWORTH included here!HENDERSON is a fantastic vibrato master-and the way how he is making the guitar sound-is breathtaking!Absolutely fantastic!GARY WILLIS is equal to himself-great technician,fantastic sound aswell-pure perfection!KIRK COVINGTON is literally killing the drums,he is offering some mathematic and complicated rhythms-totally awesome!Finally-the 4-th wheel of the perfect machine-MR SCOTT KINSEY-WOW!Great keys solos and wonderful interventions-magnificent!In my humble opinion-TRIBAL TECH is the best fusion group ever!All 4 musicians are aces and the fruit of the musical alchemy that exists among them is fabulous!In the end-our endless respect for another stellar album and the hope that we won't have to wait another 12 years to have a new TRIBAL TECH album,isn't it?5 STARS for a perfect album,without any weak track!

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 Primal Tracks by TRIBAL TECH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
3.09 | 4 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars This album is a collection from Tribal Tech, mostly taken from their second, third and fourth albums. Since I do not own, nor have heard those albums, I can't tell you if it represents a good cross section of their music. What I can tell you is that Scott Henderson and Gary Willis are excellent musicians. What they lack in songwriting, they make up for in some fiery fusion guitar and bass playing, respectively.

And yes, that last statement indicates that the songwriting is somewhat lacking. Mostly, we get some mandering chord progressions, with blips and blaps from the synths. But Henderson's soaring guitar and Willi's adept bass transcend every piece, and make them a joy to listen to.

Special mention should be made for Ominous. This piece, with some fine electronic tuned percussion, sounds very much like Bill Bruford's Earthworks band.

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 Rocket Science by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.94 | 15 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Quite often nowadays metal fusion means instrumental rock with some jazz-rock elements (often - not too many). There is a different case with Tribal Tech. Their last to time album is jazz-fusion under the skin.

This album is fully improvisational jam played by very technical musicians. Even if pure-electric and very energetic, you can easily feel their jazz-roots. Guitar solos are based in Holdsworth tradition, rich bass is often very funky. All music sound technically very strong, any listener will be attracted excellent interplays.

The main this album's problem is composition. Being a great musicians in sense of improv technique and musicianship, the band recorded unfocused jam, which hardly can attract regular listener for repeating listening. Electric fusion fans could be more interested however.

Still really strong album, around 3,5.

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 Tribal Tech by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.84 | 19 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars I totally agree with those who admit from the beginning that this album is a fusion masterpiece!This is the very logical,simple and pure truth about an album without any weak song!In fact each song is a hit,all album is a waterfall of rhythms and inspired songs and in the end we realise thet sometimes 60 minutes are far too few to admire the magic of one perfect album!Because this album is simply PERFECT!All the musicians here put with this album standards in today's fusion end even in a 100 years this album will be modern and actual!HENDERSON and WILLIS are 2 fabulous musicians of a tremendeous quality and they are surrounded by other sensational partners in crime-especially JOEY HEREDIA on drums smokes,but DAVID GOLDBLATT offers some sensational sounds at keys!!!Whan Ithink that this album has almost the respected age of 20....I realise that with musical jewels is happening the phenomenon that happens to an old wine!The older he gets the better he is becoming!And ,this is what is happening with this album!All the tracks of the album are so well balanced,mid tempos with the rapide ones and a crystal production offers to the album a very high sound quality!DENSE DANCE and FORMULA ONE are teeth breaking songs,where Willis really plays his instrument with a virtuosity that scares!A maestro of tapping and slap made at an atomic speed and produce impressive tecnical sparks!Henderson has on this album his best sound ever,sometimes sounding like ALLAN HOLDSWORTH or more recently with RICHARD HALLEBEEK or MARC GUILLERMONT!A very,very inspired album,in my opinion the best TRIBAL TECH album,from the componistic and technical point of view! 5 STARS without any compromise!

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 Thick by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.28 | 16 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kazuhiro
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4 stars After it debuted in 1984, the quality as the music of the band might always have had the diversity of the revolution and the idea. The member of an initial band had changing places and it was 1992 established as the member of a present band.

It was only one participation though guitar player's Scott Henderson received the request from Elektric Band of Chick Corea when this band was started and participated in the recording. It might have been shown that this band was a very important band for Scott Henderson.

Scott Henderson appears in Florida in 1954. He is talking as influencing from a variety of guitar players. The style absorbs various methods and theories as a method of his performance and it is established as an unique method though it is talked that it is influenced from the guitar player of Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck.

However, it might be also true in the method had been established by the Zawinul syndicate and Weather Report, etc. by which he was on the register partially of the method of use as the idea of the performance that the band does and how to assemble the tune by Scott Henderson for about four years that there was an influence in this band. It exists for this band talked Gary Willis when Scott Henderson and is always special existence important. If these two people become nuclei and the band is never pulled, Jazz/Fusion that the quality that this band does is high might not have been able to be made.

This album that spends from "Reality Check" announced in 1995 for indeed three years or more and is made has completely changed the recording used as a method till then method. The mechanism that the member performs from the method the member's having been bringing together the idea and the phrase by the improvisation is adopted. The work edited to always record the performance of the improvisation to some degree and to finish it up from the part in the tune will have been a novel method for the band. The flow of the tune that used the element of a few ethnical in addition to the flow with the tension while making the best use of the part that had been recorded as the entire impression of the album might have given a fresh part to the music character of the band. The method as Tribal Tech might be established though it has the part of the tune that is reminiscent to the part where Jazz/Fusion is good of Weather Report.

"Sheik Of Encino" shifts from the part of complex ensemble and the improvisation to Solo of the guitar. There might exactly be an element and a tension that Jazz/Fusion is good. The tune is kept a quiet as it is improvisation and reaches the top. The keyboard and Bass also contribute.

"Party At Kinsey's" has the melody of ethnical as an impression of the rhythm and the keyboard. The methodology of the music that Joe Zawinul does might be reminiscent. And, the element that adds the sound of the trumpet in addition to the part of unique of the tune expands the width of the tune.

"Jalapeno" starts by developing a complex rhythm. The part where the band was recorded by using the improvisation method will be able to be discovered exactly. The progress of the code in close relation to Solo of Bass continues the tension. The line of the guitar and Bass contributes to the tune.

"Clinic Troll" uses the part of the element and the improvisation of ethnical from the part of an intermittent sound. A friendly theme might not exist. It might be a tune as a derivative idea to the flow of the album from the part of the improvisation used that gives the part of unique.

As for "Thick", the sound of the keyboard with the line and the anacatesthesia of Bass with the tension is impressive. The tune shifts to the rhythm of Funk and advances. The flow of the guitar always keeps the impression.

The sound of the keyboard with an electronic part from the start with the tension twines round "You May Remember Me". And, it changes into a moving ballade that is reminiscent of the methodology of Weather Report. The guitar is reminiscent of the performance of Jeff Beck. The impression of the tune is kept and a beautiful flow is continued.

As for "Slick", very high-quality Fusion is developed in this album. Ad-Rib of Bass might be considerably high-quality. And, the flow that shifts from the keyboard of Scott Kinsey to Solo of the guitar might be a part where Jazz/Fusion is exactly hard. The tune gradually advances toward the top. Fast Passage is kept and the band rushes into a high-speed part. The part of Coda gets excited indeed. The band advances in union.

"Somewhat Later" is a tune with the impression that the element of country tunes intersects with the impression of ethnical. A racial melody twines round the idea of an acoustic guitar of Scott Henderson to make good use of the bottleneck.

"What Has He Had?" continues the part where the element of ethnical was used from a quiet standing up. The rhythm remains stable and rushes into the top gradually. The impression of a tune advanced as the element of Blues Rock twined might have expanded the width of the album. The tune progresses gradually from the part of the improvisation. The sound and the development of the keyboard that appears at the end of the tune will have a progressive part.

The recording method and the idea of the performance expanded the possibility further for Tribal Tech by this album.

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 Tribal Tech by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.84 | 19 ratings

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Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by crimson87
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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.

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 Tribal Tech by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.84 | 19 ratings

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Tribal Tech
Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars TRIBAL TECH are a very good band actually but I really don't know if they really deserve to be on this site...Their music consists of killer jazz/fusion with up- and mid- tempo songs full of changing moods but the prog elements just are not there so we can judge this album as a progressive one...The bass guitar lines are whatr I like the most along with some good keyboard work...The whole point is that I find this one trully interesting mainly for jazz/fusion lovers (a 4 star album for them) but of little interest for prog fanatics (2 stars for that category)...So the average is 3 stars...

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 Tribal Tech by TRIBAL TECH album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.84 | 19 ratings

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Tribal Tech
Tribal Tech Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by fred84

4 stars In my opinion stars and then i want to explain what i'm writing:

1-Signal Path: every TT first songs are truly inspired and they want to comunicate album nature.This song is an energizer and Scott Henderson is the most talented guitarist in the world not only in fusion area.10\10

2-Big Girl Blues: noy exactly what i would be expected in a TT album but in of course in a Scott Henderson album like Dog Party or others.I don't like blues very much and in the whole album it's the weakest song,for me.6\10

3-Dense Dance: funny fusion with great groove and well done but not at its peak,however keyboards are great to create a jazzy-trumpet atmosphear.7\10

4-Got Tuh B: well well well!!!nothing to say to this song a masterpiece of fusion, really good stuff with a great Gary Willis on bass.10\10

5-Peru: classic TT soft-song well done. It can be found, in a perfect climax, all melancholic feelings mixed up with classical fusion changes of rhythm and extraordinary concentration of pathos in Scott Henderson guitar.8\10

6-Elvis At The Hop: this song is a vivid example of Funk Jazz in style of Chick Corea's Elektric Band (Beneath the Mask with Frank Gambale).Good, Very Good! 9\10

7- The Necessary Blonde: a jazzy input to Allan Holdsworth None Too Soon (with Gary Willis).In fact this song is a combination of a jazz structures. Not fusion at all and at its best but it misses the saxophone that is replaced by guitar.8\10

8-Wasteland: I love Gary Willis and his playing. It creates a groovy atmosphear with bass. Another great stuff! 9\10

9-Formula One: it's not my best song but acceptable. A great example of Scott Henderson talent. Nice idea to recreate formula one situation with Guitar, bass and keyboards solo.7\10

10-Sub Aqua: classical TT song in Dr Hee period, fusion at the end of '80s. 6.5\10

11-Fight The Giant: Good stuff really exciting funky song . Guitar seems a saxophone and keyboards a trumpet. 8\10

10+6+7+10+8+9+8+9+7+7+8=81.5:11=7.509=7.5 to do perfect counts

7.5:10=x:5 - 3.75 for me 4 stars

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