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PAINTED ROCK

Tunnels

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.24 | 12 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars The reissue of Tunnels' debut was propably a consequence of the band being back together, heading for the recordings of a second album.But now the whole work was connected to Wagnon's Buckyball label, even the sessions took place at the Buckyball Studio in New York.New album was titled ''Painted rock'' and was launched in 1999.

The quartet sounds more focused and tight in this effort, even if I personally dislike the use of midi-vibes instead of keyboards.Big part of the sound development comes from the efficient guitar playing of Van Manakas, great hooks and solos along with old-styled jazzy tunes, performed in a modern way.The executions are interesting and fairly complex with plenty of impressive twists, light improvisations and a good amount of atmospheric textures, with Jones reminding every now and then why he is regarded a top league bassist, delivering an abstract and at times phenomenal bass performance.The music passes from ethereal moments to schizophenic plays with comfort, based on the tempo changes and the sudden breaks, often revealing some individual lightnings on bass or midi-vibes solos, while I insist on Manakas being the underrated hero here, his smooth guitar touches add the best colors in Tunnels' offerings.On the other hand some robotic passages, the isolated midi-vibes masturbations and the Ethnic-oriented ''Boyz in the Ud'' are not my cup of tea to say the truth, too cold and monotonous.But the bulk of the album is balanced and well-performed with moments that offer supertight and interesting Fusion experiments.

Unusual but quite good Jazz Fusion.Much better than the mediocre debut, more balanced with a clear direction and ideas focusing on virtuosic , jazzy plays and atmospheric flavors.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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