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JONAS HELLBORG was born 1958 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He taught himself to play the bass at age 12. Influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Deep Purple, HELLBORG played mainly blues and heavy rock. In 1972 he heard a record that changed his perception of music. 'The Inner Mounting Flame', by the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA would not only influence his music, but his career as well. Formal studies in jazz and classical music started at the age of sixteen. At this time he became involved with a free form group. He particularly listened to recordings of ALBERT AYLER and JOHN COLTRANE. He studied MILES DAVIS'S development from the early part of his career through the beginning of the 70's when Davis produced 'In A Silent Way', and 'Bitches Brew'. In this context, HELLBORG became reintroduced to the work of JOHN MCLAUGHLIN. MCLAUGHLIN would serve as the main influence for HELLBORG who was exploring a jazz/rock idiom, playing small clubs in the south of Sweden.

JONAS HELLBORG'S command of his instrument flabbergasted musicians when he first performed in Sweden in the early 1980's. His gleefully flamboyant virtuosity was made the more startling by his punk stage presence. He may have acted as a rock musician initially - and to a considerable extent he still is - but he cornered all those slumming jazz cats in matters of improvisational daring and originality. He is fast - how many other bass players could play unisons with full-tilt MCLAUGHLIN - but what are acknowledged by his peers, include his slap technique, lead lines and revolutionary chordal approach, serving to extend his instrument's potential The wider chords, for example, pointed toward a keyboard-like role for the bass, and reflected his studies of MCCOY TYNER's music. The intervallic leaps in his solo's have almost as much to do with COLTRANE than HENDRIX and scarcely relate to traditional bass technique at all. JONAS is on record too as learning from the under-acknowledged BACK DOOR bass guitarist, COLIN HODGKINSON. Otherwise, on his chosen instrument he is his own man entirely and one of the very best 4 string electric and acoustic bass guitarists on this planet.

Dissatisfied with the various rock groups he had been working, HELLBORG turned to more challenging music and solo concerts. In 1981, he was invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival. MICHAEL BRECKER was impressed by JONAS HELLBORG'S playing there and introduced him to many of the jazz greats including JONAS'S long ...
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4.00 | 3 ratings
The Bassic Thing
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Elegant Punk
1984
4.67 | 3 ratings
Axis
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
Onkyo Proudly Presents - Jonas Hellborg
1987
4.00 | 2 ratings
Bass
1988
5.00 | 1 ratings
Adfa (featuring Trilok Gurtu)
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Jonas Hellborg Group
1990
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Silent Life
1991
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Word
1991
5.00 | 1 ratings
Unseen Rain (with Ginger Baker & Jens Johansson)
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
No Other World (Jonas Hellborg/Johansson brothers, collectively known as The Shining Path)
1992
4.42 | 15 ratings
Octave Of The Holy Innocents (with Buckethead And Michael Shrieve)
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ode to a Tractor (as RAF)
1992
3.67 | 6 ratings
e
1993
3.83 | 6 ratings
Abstract Logic (with Shawn Lane and Kofi Baker)
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ars Moriende (With Glen Velez)
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Friends Across Boundaries
1999
3.92 | 5 ratings
Good People In Times Of Evil (with Lane & Selvaganesh )
2000
4.00 | 7 ratings
Icon - A Transcontinental Gathering (with Shawn Lane ,Umamahesh, Selvaganesh,Umashankar)
2002
4.73 | 6 ratings
Kali's Son (featuring Selvaganesh and Niladri Kumar)
2005
4.40 | 8 ratings
Art Metal - Vyakhyan-Kar (with Johansson,Selvaganesh, Ia Eklundh, Johansson)
2007

JONAS HELLBORG Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.96 | 10 ratings
Temporal Analogues Of Paradise (with Shawn Lane / Apt. Q-258)
1996
2.46 | 7 ratings
Time Is The Enemy
1997
3.89 | 8 ratings
Zen House ( with Shawn Lane )
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram of Two Rivers: Live in Syria
1999
4.02 | 10 ratings
Personae
2002

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4.50 | 2 ratings
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2004

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 Octave Of The Holy Innocents (with Buckethead And Michael Shrieve) by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.42 | 15 ratings

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Octave Of The Holy Innocents (with Buckethead And Michael Shrieve)
Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This album is quite unique - great Swedish fusion bassist Jonas Hellborg plays with still young and unknown Buckethead and ex-Santana drummer Michael Shrieve as acoustic power trio!

Hellborg is known by his experimental look on what the fusion is, and his bass often sounds not like you possibly expect. Buckethead from another side is controversial guitar player with tons of recordings (of very different quality). Happily there small miracle happened - the music being acoustic doesn't remind McLaughlin-DiMeola-De Lucia trio's sound at all. Sound is sharp and extremely energetic, no Spanish flamenco or even traditional jazz guitar's elements are presented. Music there is pure jazz-rock rooted fusion with all characteristic rock elements!

Musicianship of all three musicians is excellent (I was especially surprised by Shrieve jazzy drumming), compositions are enough melodic and structured with space for improv at the same time. If you like quality jazz-rock with guitar on the border with shredding, and wonder how could it sound in acoustic version - this album is one of the best you can find around!

Possibly one of the most original acoustic jazz-rock album from 90-s.

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 Zen House ( with Shawn Lane ) by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Live, 1999
3.89 | 8 ratings

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Zen House ( with Shawn Lane )
Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars Unusual acoustic live show by great bass guitarist Jonas Hellborg. With his regular collaborator electric guitarist Shawn Lane (he plays acoustic only guitar there as well) and drummer/percussionist Jeff Sipe (aka Apt. Q-258), Jonas plays almost meditative raga- influenced acoustic compositions there.

Two first compositions under common name The House Stands Still are 30 + minutes long.They both are bass supported acoustic guitar solos with few percussion touches. Very Shakti-like feeling.

Two second (and last) compositions have common name as well (Traces End Here, 23+ minutes).There guitr dronning support soloing acoustic bass."Conclusion", the very last piece, is faster and more energetic interplay between bass and guitar, with very Indian atmosphere.

Excellent acoustic fusion work showing the unusual side of renowned electric bass artist.

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 Octave Of The Holy Innocents (with Buckethead And Michael Shrieve) by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.42 | 15 ratings

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Octave Of The Holy Innocents (with Buckethead And Michael Shrieve)
Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Negoba
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4 stars Explosive Acoustic Fusion Set Ranging from Good to Otherworldly

Jonas Hellborg has played with some of the best, THE BEST, ever in the last 20 years. It is amazing that some of the most phenomenal modern fusion all comes under his name, yet features vastly different talents and quite contrasting sounds. For OCTAVE OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, Hellborg enlisted the skills of modern guitar madman Buckethead along with veteran drummer Michael Shrieve (a minor star of the Woodstock festival while playing with Santana.) There are two versions of this album, an original power trio version and a 2003 update which includes gothic choir voices at various spots in the music. I have the update, and unlike some reviewers, I think the voices add to the exotic ambience Hellborg and company create.

I must mention that although I am a guitar shred fan, I am not very big on Buckethead. His signature move is fast chromatic runs both out of time and out of key with the music he's playing. There are very specific instances where this technique makes musical sense, but most of the time it's like an out of place announcement of "yeah it's me, the guy in KFC hat." Fortunately, on this album, all of the playing is acoustic (I believe Buckethead is actually playing a nylon string) and on all but the first song, all of the instruments play much more within the compositions, without the long-form soloing that reveals the individual, rather than collective, musical voices of the band.

This brings me to the difficult aspect of this album. The opening tune, "Rana and Fara," contrasts with the rest of the album sharply. Opening with an almost electronic-sounding beat, the song spans over fifteen minutes and is all over the place. The early drums are extremely out of place with the acoustic sound of the album (? Part of the 2003 redo), and there is way more noodling on the track than on any of the later songs. All three players get extended solos, and Buckethead's are particularly annoying. Again there are a few places where his hammer technique actually benefits the song, but mostly it's his distinctive "look at me, I'm weird" sound. Hellborg and Shrieve's soloing are both nice but unmoving. For me, this track is 2-3 star material.

Then comes the rest of the album, which I would be tempted to rate as masterpiece. These pieces are compositions which use polyrhythms, complex tonality, and intertwining parts to create a dark but colorful exotic sound that is unique to this particular album. The solos exist much more within the context of the song. On "Death that Sleeps in Them," Buckethead's solo spot is tasty and bluesy with just a touch of his "outside" style at the end. His choice to simplify the tonality is brilliant, a musical choice on an abundantly musical album. "The Past is a Different Country" is a slow, beautiful piece where Hellborg and Brian Carroll (his real name, I'm tired of typing "Buckethead") exchange lines with the delicacy of new parents. Carroll is hauntingly restrained, and Shrieve is simple and subdued. The sense of openness in the composition is akin to recordings of jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, simply transcendent.

My favorite track is a fast paced Middle-Eastern inflected piece called "Child King." In perfect contrast with the previous track, the song bristles with excited energy. Shrieve swings away with a superficially classic jazz beat, but adds in plenty of pepper to accent Hellborg and Carroll's fleet lead playing. There is no wankery here, as the players seem to have found enough interest "inside" the exotic scales used. We end with "Kidogo" which has the most harmonically interesting lead motif of the album. Hellborg takes his best solo spot on this one, and the interludes feature intricate, quick melodic lines. In other words, it's a great prog song! The goth choir voices are especially effective hear and send the listener out in a ghostly release of calm. Again, the darkness spun here is neither scary nor cold, it's more angelic shadows of the past, whispers of remembered beauty.

I usually don't dock a masterpiece album for one bad song, but when the artist chooses to lead with that song, and it takes up a proportionately huge part of the album, it's hard to ignore. I actually always skip past the track when I listen to this album, something I rarely do. The album still comes highly recommended. Another Hellborg gem.

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 Jonas Hellborg Group by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Jonas Hellborg Group
Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kazuhiro
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— First review of this album —
3 stars The method of the expression concerning music in the album by his name might have appeared remarkably especially in an initial work. There was music of course subjacent in the music character of Jonas Hellborg that had absorbed the element of various music. And, height of the overwhelming technology and a peculiar mode of expression might have attempted the differentiation with other musicians enough.

Jonas Hellborg appeared in Sweden in 1958. Man who had gradually acquired the technology in musical instruments at time in one's teens touched a variety of music characters. Rock, Punk, and Jazz. And, man who had held Jimi Hendrix in high esteem was interested also in the music etc. of Arab.

A technology superior of him was evaluated high. His performance with Mahavishnu Orchestra might have widely informed them of his name of course. Of course, there might have been a field of Jazz in one of the elements of the various music characters of him. However, the music character that had been positively done since the time of especially 1984 also had the peculiar expression that element of all the music characters twined enough and the cyberpunk part also had taken everywhere method.

The initial music character that he had announced might have worked showing all respects. The overwhelming technology advances greatly and, of course, is reflected in the work. Zeal and the possibility to the technology and the music character increased the speed and were done. Especially, the possibility concerning Bass and one challenge to music are done in this album. And, the result of Jonas Hellborg's reaching might be expressed as a content of the album.

The possibility might have been pursued as a theme of the music character to listen in this album. The music expressed only with Bass and the drum doesn't really drop the quality of music. The pursuit of the music done by a minimum unit might be splendidly exactly expressed by the idea and the arrangement.

Anders Nord takes charge of Bass of four bowstrings and five bowstrings. And, it is a musician who makes good use of Bass of ten bowstrings. Jonas Hellborg can be freely devoted to Solo by appointing Anders Nord. Jaime Salazar has been appointed to the drum player. The expression of the overwhelming music is made to act by the rhythm that Jaime Salazar produces. Jaime Salazar participates in work with The Flower Kings after the participation of this album. Power and technology of overwhelming music expressed by this album. Those elements are done enough including the arrangement and the composition.

"Look" progresses by developing a fast rhythm. Exploding Riff that doesn't feel the sound of Bass might be overwhelming. Solo of Bass that moves freely while taking the sound of the decoration everywhere produces a good flow. The sound is processed by the effect as an expression of the album.

As for "Moving", the method of taking Slapping to the rhythm of a complex shuffle is given. The melody of Bass that becomes development of the rhythm that puts fast and slow is overwhelming. The part of harmony and the chopper has acted well, too. The tune shifts to the rhythm of heavy eight. Solo of Bass processed by the effect will be exactly reminiscent of the sound of the guitar.

As for "Dread", the melody of Bass with the anacatesthesia is impressive. Midi-Bass might be used for this tune. The line of Bass in close relation to the rhythm and the anacatesthesia that flows slowly puts out good atmosphere. Jonas Hellborg can be discovered to be able to do the performance with diversity very.

"Dead" is a tune with the flow of Hard Rock. Riff that the Bass player thinks about makes good use of a good melody and harmony as a part where music with diversity is done. The sound of Bass that is reminiscent of the sound of the guitar might be almost overwhelming.

"Nord" might be Rock done in early Passage where Slapping was made good use of. The part of cyber is taken to Hard Rock and it progresses. This album that takes various machine parts and the idea creates music with diversity indeed. The part of Harmonics and the sound and Solo without inferiority even if it is almost called Solo of the guitar might really have the technology.

"Dog BBQ" twines from the theme by Slapping a fast rhythm and progresses. The melody of Bass and twining of the rhythm have the feature. The anacatesthesia and the tension of Solo drawn out from the part that slowed the tempo might succeed. One result of pursuing the possibility of music by Bass enough appears in this tune.

"Dos Tempos" develops intensely from the part of the theme by an anacatesthesia and mysterious harmony. Originality might be included in the flow produced with elements of a few Jazz Rock/Fusion. Solo of Bass that takes an original melody and harmony to a steady rhythm might be splendid. The melody of Solo that can be listened as a sound of the guitar is almost overwhelming.

The melody of "JB" that Bass by Slapping is fast is impressive. And, three (this tune, "Moving", and "Dog BBQ") is reproduced back by "e". Continuousness and the technology of harmony by Slap Bass are produced as individuality of Jonas Hellborg. The part of Syncopation and the performance by Righthand also put out individuality.

As for "Hey Yo", unique Riff twines round the element of heavy Hard Rock. The line of Bass recorded in the multiple and the part of Solo might act on the tune well. The tune progresses while continuing the tension. Playing the drum also offers the technology everywhere.

"ED" starts by Riff of bright Bass. Solo of this tune is almost reminiscent of the sound of the guitar, too. It progresses with stability while taking the element of good Rock.

The creation and the expression of music with one musical instruments might be various. And, the pursuit of the possibility by Bass that Jonas Hellborg had done extrapolated the results as an expression of the sound with diversity indeed with his individuality. It might be an album with the content to establish one road as an idea as the album with a methodology almost near the form of Band.

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 Temporal Analogues Of Paradise (with Shawn Lane / Apt. Q-258) by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Live, 1996
4.96 | 10 ratings

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Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars PURE MASTERPIECE OF IMPROVISIONAL JAZZ ROCK FUSION!This is the main idea concerning any appreciation about one trully fabulous album!There aren't enough words to express the worship that I have for this album!You think worship is a too big word?!Then ENDLESS ADMIRATION is better!This is the most fantastic trio formula in the history of jazz fusion,comparations with RETURN TO FOREVER or MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTER can be done,but the level of musical chemistry that is here,on this live album is stunning!HELLBORG- LANE and SIPE are beyond any musical boundary!They start from a tiny idea , a little musical idea without any core and then the alchemy that exists between this musicians plays an essential role...they feel each other at a level of perception which is almost extra sensorial!It's telepathic and magical!It's almost inhumane the frenzy and sensational capacity of SHAWN LANE to prove some out of this world technical skills,and on this live album he plenty offers magic momets!IT SMOKES LITERALLY!Everything flows in a perfect harmony on this album,and each member is an ace at his instrument!2 tracks of 30 minutes aproximatelly each and some rhythms and breaks,combined styles from free jazz to world music to hard rock tempos and the feeling thet what we hear it's performed live,that's almost scarry!We can hear solos of guitar.bass and drums and we are mesmerized by the capacities of three people to give a collective final result of amazing high quality music!HELLBORG is on this album stellar,as usual we can say... and delivers some slap technique solos that make KO any bass player and SIPE has some interventions ,both technically and musically amazing! Some of the solo's of LANE are almost unreal and unbelieveble to be explained,there are millions of notes and we ask ourselves if this man was from EARTH?Unfortunatelly he passed away from this world too sun,because he burned too fast,artistically speaking!He was before the time in music!I've heard hundreds of guitar players,but each time when I hear SHAWN LANE i am shocked,paralysed,striked!This guitar player was UNIQUE!!! 500 STARS to the most fabulous album of improvisional jazz fusion of all time!DIXIT!!!

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3.67 | 6 ratings

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Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kazuhiro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The work of Jonas Hellborg that got into the news between fans of Jazz-Rock in the latter the 80's is sent aiming at the world with a lot of numbers. It is guessed that the career of the music of Jonas Hellborg started by the work announced from the label voluntarily made in the early the 80's.

His performance got into the news in Montreux Jazz festival in 1981. And, man who had participated in the reorganization of the Mahavishnu orchestra in about 1984 informed the world of the name with the marvelous technology and the sense. And, competing with various musicians is accomplished.

He accomplishes competing with a familiar, deep musicians such as the CMP label since DUO with John Maclaughlin. And, competing with Shawn Lane is accomplished at this time. The idea after those hybridizations are done repeatedly to the digestion of the genre of various Music listened to before when this album is compared with a past work might appear in the work at this time. His idea and technology as "Bass guitar" player advance greatly.

Famous time might be a work of competing with Yngwie Malmsteen from the album of Silver Mountain for the existence of the Johansson brother known well as this general at that time, eminence in the world. Johhansson brother's acknowledgment level has risen because it rides on the wave with the power of HR/HM in the 80's. However, the brother has them grope for the directionality of music after it shifts to the band of Dio and convert. The Johhansson brother meets Jonas Hellborg at this time.

As for the performance done with this album, the tune in hard Trio is carried out through the whole volume. Musical instruments of the melody keep and the taste of no three going out people keeps previous harmony in all respects. The technology and ensemble of three people might be almost perfect. The quality is not dropped to the last minute though the composition of a hard tune continues. It is likely to be able to think about "Heavy Machinary" of this album and Johansson brother + Allan Holdsworth as a pair if it dares to say. It is a work with which the tension overflows exactly.

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 Good People In Times Of Evil (with  Lane & Selvaganesh ) by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.92 | 5 ratings

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Good People In Times Of Evil (with Lane & Selvaganesh )
Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Negoba
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Very good Raga-jazz-fusion from 3 super-virtuosos.

As a guitarist who has always had an interest toward the fastest gun, Shawn Lane has become the king of that chops hill for me, and my exploration of his material brought me to this album. Lane spent most of the last years of his life collaborating with bass-master Jonas Hellborg, in two separate collaborations. The first, a fairly straightforward but jaw dropping jazz fusion outfit, and then the Indian trio that is recorded here.

This is not the album to buy if you just want to hear Shawn shred. (The title track from _Time is the Enemy_ is better for that.) Hellborg and tabla player Selvaganesh get more time to shine, though Lane gets a few nice spots. Lane's parts are cleaner than his usual warmly distorted, echo-y tone, and hold to melodic themes closer than usual. Hellborg is his usual monster self, but the surprise is Selvaganesh who not only plays percussion that would make Portnoy's head spin, but actually vocalizes the patterns in a tabla beat-boxing!?! section. The power of the rhythms here are not just limited to showmanship, however. There are extremely complex combinations of rhythmic groupings that the three players navigate seemingly without effort. 'Who would you like me to be?' is a highlight in that regard, despite Lane's soloing being about as slow and straightforward as he gets on that song.

For those who have not studied Indian music before, many of the serious players study their instruments under masters in lifelong study that easily matches professional classical musicians. The level of training of the best tabla percussionists is almost unrivaled among drummers in the Western world. This album showcases this well.

There are some of us who come to prog to hear music that is just completely beyond anything our brains could ever produce. As you digest more and more music, it's harder to find. This album will have some new twists and turns that is sure to interest and dazzle any deep music lover with a taste for chops. Not for everyone but very rewarding for those who are able to appreciate it.

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 Art Metal - Vyakhyan-Kar (with Johansson,Selvaganesh, Ia Eklundh, Johansson) by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.40 | 8 ratings

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Art Metal - Vyakhyan-Kar (with Johansson,Selvaganesh, Ia Eklundh, Johansson)
Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Slartibartfast
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Hey! You got art in my metal! Hey! You got metal in my art!

Between the art and the metal lies jazz, and a nice Indian flavoring.

Really one of the top albums of 2007, hear me now and believe me later. It's been quite unappreciated so far, maybe time will tell, it came out late in the year. As I write this I'm thinking it may just take a little more time. The only musician I am familiar with on here is Jonas Hellborg. If you think you know all the great bassists in progdom and don't know Hellborg, then you have a missing piece my friend.

This band just makes some really intense and dense instrumental music. Sometimes it's nice to have instrumental music that is just simple but not too complex. Sometimes you have to have something intense, and here you are. These songs really take you to interesting places. A taste expanding experience for the metal fan as well as the non-metal progressive music fan. We can all just get along.

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 Octave Of The Holy Innocents (with Buckethead And Michael Shrieve) by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.42 | 15 ratings

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Octave Of The Holy Innocents (with Buckethead And Michael Shrieve)
Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kabright

5 stars These guys are redefining the power trio. Each is able to showcase awesome playing power while remaining as a unified whole. I don't know what I'll call this album, except for really cool jazz. It's like these guys know what people want to hear, so they play that. This album, however, is diverse, not a full throttle assault. They give the listener a break with easier passages, which makes the album feel a little longer than it actually is. Ex-Santana drummer Michael Shrieve is somehow able to rhythically keep these shredders in check while shredding a bit himself. Dangerous material.

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 e by HELLBORG, JONAS album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.67 | 6 ratings

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Jonas Hellborg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Dick Heath
Special Collaborator Jazz-Rock Specialist

4 stars One of my favourite jazz rock fusion albums of the 90's - but then Jonas Hellborg features on several of my favourites - and the music here is nowadays more likely to be labelled metal fusion. As such the Hammond-lead trio may be heard as a precursor to Niacin, whilst heralding the resurgence of Hammond jazz in the mid 90's This too should be seen as one of 3 or 4 albums Jonas and the Johansson brothers worked from the late 80's to early 90's experimenting and pushing the boundaries of jazz rock, especially toward the Johansson's favoured metal. In particular, the same line-up plus vocalist Gary Cooper (an 80's regular with Hellborg) should heard and compared as the one-off band the Shining Path, on (what I hear as) the companion album 'No Other World'.

The first three tracks of 'e' (in probability named after the recreational drug) especially are fast and heavy, and as suggested by David going for the speed rhythmic aspects with this fusion more than the melody. But as such this is music I can listen to time after time - it also makes for wide awake music while driving. I wonder too, how much the complex bass patterns Hellborg thunders out were absorbed by Jens Johnasson and similar can be heard subsequently coming from his bass pedals (e.g. on 'Heavy Machinery' or 'Fission')? Having mentioned the first three tracks (BTW is that recording of a dog or some electronic trickery at the end of Dog-Bar-B-Q), the whole of album is a pleasure. I don't feel there is a duff track on the record

My inclination with having and continually playing this album for well over decade, believing it marked the 90's resurgence re-popularising Hammond jazz and fusion, a precursor for the likes of Niacin, I give this 4.5 - NOTE: Hellborg's original mix of 'Octave of the Holy Innocents' is a 5 star and my jazz fusion album of the 90's.

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