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Jonas Hellborg


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.03 | 13 ratings

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4 stars Well, I finally nearly shed a tear during a fusion solo!


As a struggling guitarist, when you hear what Shawn Lane does live on the cut "Rice With the Angels" off the new Personae -- something just slips away -- any hope of ever reaching the levels that these guys play! Amazing! What a rush!

Lane was burning -- no lasering these coherent beams of sound in ostinato bursts like McLaughlin's MahaOrk 70s style but the ostinato runs were so fast and seamlessly fluid they approached the quicksilver shimmer of Holdsworth's legato explosions. It's very hard to imagine an axeman outdoing Mahavishnu John and Gnarly Allan in one solo but I swear -- I heard it happen in Lane's solo outburst.

And as far as Scott Henderson's bluesy-rock-fallin-down-the-stairs- drunk-n-laughin' axe antics go -- Lane covers all that territory elsewhere on Personae.

I have to admit that I used to own Powers of Ten and also listened to Tri-tone Fascination all by Lane but never really was deeply satisfied with those releases' overall gestalt(s). Personae however -- Whew! -- great stuff. I am now a solid Lane fan.

I highly recommend this release.

JazzFusionGuy | 4/5 |


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