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3.64 | 11 ratings | 4 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 7-24 (1:36)
2. The Ripe One (8:23)
3. Fred-O-Cal (8:04)
4. Un Monde De Incertitudes (1:43)
5. Skwerbie (7:46)
6. DDR (7:13)
7. Industrial Blowout (7:01)
8. Marcella (2:31)
9. Cause For An Effect (7:35)
10. Ong's Hat (6:40)
11. 24-7 (2:50)

Total time 61:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Scott McGill / electric & acoustic guitars, composer & co-producer

- Chico Huff / bass
- Vic Stevens / drums, co-producer, mixing
- Demetrios Pappas / keyboards (5,9)

Releases information

Artwork: Michael Bennett

CD The Laser's Edge ‎- LE 1031 (1999, US)

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SCOTT MCGILL Ripe ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

SCOTT MCGILL Ripe reviews

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Review by Kazuhiro
4 stars It might be a little difficult to think easily when catching as various items concerning the diversity if it thinks as a definition of Jazz Rock and Fusion in modern days. Part where racial element and flavor of Latin were united. Or, other genres are introduced and it unites. And, it is partial of progressive Jazz Rock. In the music character, it might be a current state that it is classified in modern days in detail and new music is produced.

Specific of the genre repeats the revolution and advancement further so that Fusion/Crossover used as a synonym may exist almost as a connection to relativity with Prog Rock. There might be a situation in which the position of the genre pushes in the music character that the musician imagines because expedient limited shades of meaning how many are included in a specific genre in an advanced flow as the genre has diversity. And, often, the musician might also have the opinion made not to have relations that unify a specific genre to the created music.

Scott McGill is a part of the done Music character and his history. And, the absorbed music character. If these are considered, it is likely to be able to think as a line of Jazz Rock and Hard Fusion/Prog Rock. However, there might be what with the music character not installed on the frame is blocked in this album for a fact, too. It is a leader that has decided the directionality of course and is Scott McGill that operates all musics.

Scott McGill starts playing the guitar at 15-year-old time. The name of Jimi Hendrix and Randy Rhoade rises to the item of Rock as a musician from whom he was influenced. In the item of Jazz, there is a name of John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, and Bill Connors, too. Or, man who was researching the classics music is putting excellent results in the university. And, man who receives the lesson is accomplishing competing with various musicians.

Scott McGill has formed "Hand Farm" that is own band in 1991. The activity of participation in competing and the compilation album with various musicians etc. comes to be admitted gradually. It came to be spoken very highly by musicians such as Greg Howe and result Bill Bruford. However, the activity of "Hand Farm" comes the depression period afterwards. Scott McGill participates in "Finneus Gauge" in 1996 and is related to the recording of two albums as a result. Advanced Hand Farm announces "The Hand Farm" in parallel with this activity in 1997 long though it did not continue the activity of Scott McGill in Finneus Gauge. And, the album announced the two years later becomes this "Ripe".

Scott McGill has been influenced from various musicians and the guitar player as previously stated. The listener will feel the sound in which Allan Holdsworth is reminiscent. However, the music character that Scott McGill absorbed might have an original flavor as a result. The music character that the flavor of an acoustic guitar, the sound of Hard Rock, and the element also took enough might be a performance for him. Chico Huff has been appointed by the Bass player. And, Vic Stevens of a familiar drum player in the performance of Gongzilla has a lot of competing with Scott McGill.

"7-24" has the role of Intro of the album. Production of anacatesthesia by Volume control. The tension of the melody that gives an inorganic impression might be appearance of the music character that the character and Scott McGill of this album do.

The band makes a complete in union a dash feeling in "The Ripe One". Extremely difficult progress of Chord and flavor of Hard Rock. The melody of the theme that develops one after another and Riff of the guitar have a comfortable tension. The sense of relief in solo of the guitar might have a little rough impression. However, the method of making the sound and the solution in the progress of Chord in technical respect might be splendid. Solo of Bass following it is calculated well. A good flow of Jazz Rock might be exactly constructed. There are a tension and a sense of relief with good part where the change was given to the theme repeated at the end a little.

As for "Fred-O-Cal", the progress of a flavor of Hard Rock and complex Chord gets on the rhythm of the shuffle. The switch of the effect that the guitar does will recollect Allan Holdsworth. This tune is extremely difficult the theme and the melody. Part of solo of tension of solo of guitar and Bass. Or, the obbligati of the guitar is calculated well. A technology overwhelming the melody of 2nd solo with the guitar is offered.

"Un Monde De Incertitudes" has the role of interlude for this album. Melody with which tension with acoustic guitar overflows. An inorganic impression is given a little. However, the technology of solo is overwhelming. There might be a little experimental element, too.

On-beat of the drum in "Skwerbie" might be comfortable. Busy of complete groove and syncopation constructs the flow of good Jazz/Fusion. Part of rhythm and melody that moves to free transforming. The combination of an intense sound and a transparent feeling might be splendid. Solo of the keyboard that Demetrios Pappas to participate in this tune by the guest does is overwhelming. The melody and the euphoria that catches the progress of Chord well and expresses it might be splendid. The tension of solo of the continuing guitar doesn't drop the quality of the tune and either it progresses. The composition of the tune is splendid.

The theme of "DDR" with the anacatesthesia is impressive. The rhythm has expanded the width of the tune as much as possible. Complex development is given including the line and the rhythm of Bass that moves freely. Solo of an acoustic guitar to get on the Chord is suitable for the tune well, too. The uniformity of the character of the album including technical respect might be attempted. The side where solo of continuing bass is different by the tune is offered. And, the width of the melody that solo of the drum added at the end of the tune is complex is expanded.

"Industrial Blowout" progresses as the theme with the sense of relief has the flavor of Hard Rock/Hard Fusion. Because the quality of the sound of a guitar is kept by the midrange a little, a peculiar impression is given. The melody is extremely complex though there are impressions of a few Hard Rock. The performance that the band does in union is considerably technical. Solo of the drum that will appear complete guitar solo later also gives the change to the progress of the tune.

"Marcella" also plays the role of Interlude for this album. Solo done with an acoustic guitar gives an extremely original melody.

The melody that gives a little inorganic impression and the sound that gently affects give "Cause For An Effect" the relief a little. The usage of harmony is complex as much as possible. Very part of solo of guitar to emphasize tension. And, solo with the keyboard of Demetrios Pappas also develops solo with the tension. It might be a tune with a good flow of Jazz Rock/Fusion.

"Ong's Hat" has development that is reminiscent of "The Ripe One". The theme with a complete dash feeling and complex development is given one after another. Part of sound of guitar to make good use of effector. And, it is partial of the processing of the rhythm in close relation to the repetition of heavy Riff. It shifts there to solo of a complete guitar to make good use of the overtone. The tension continues.

"24-7" plays the role of Outro of this album. Playing the guitar to make good use of the Volume control has a complete anacatesthesia and the tension. A little inorganic part and a nervous impression might be had.

The part of progressive Jazz Rock/Fusion/Prog Rock might be developed as a route where the element of an original sensibility and Improvisation of Scott McGill was unified as a result.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars After a very succesful debut under Scott McGill's Hand Farm from 1997, this excellent and yet unfairly unknown guitar player is offering a second album named Ripe issued in 1999. Between these two albums, he was recruted by prog fusion band Finneus Gauge (featuring members of the former and future Echolyn) releasing with this band two albums - More Once More' and 'One Inch Of The Fall' albums between 1997 to 1999. Back to his second solo album , here Scott is trying in some parts some experimental rock passages, melted together with his jazzy fusion unique guitar sound, the result is more then ok to me, but little less inspired then the debut. The music is energic, I can hear influences from Allan Holdsworth to King Crimson in places, pieces like Ripe On and few more a real delight, but as I said I found this Ripe album less excellent then the debut. Anyway , I can only recommend both albums released under Hand Farm name, while is little known in prog fusion circles, he influenced already lots of guitar hearoes from this scene. For me Ripe is a good one, desearves 3 stars, in places 3.5 . An unfairly underrated guitarist.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Hand Farm, this incarnation, is McGill, (ex-Finneus Gauge), on electric and acoustic guitars, Chico Huff, (Mistaken Identities), on bass, Vic Stevens, (Gongzilla, Mistaken Identities), on drums, and Demetrios Pappas guesting keys on two tracks. This is McGill's second offering. It loses no momen ... (read more)

Report this review (#2582098) | Posted by JazzFusionGuy | Thursday, July 29, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is energetic Jazz Fusion at it's finest. This album clearly takes a lot of influence from 70's Brand X and Dixie dregs with lots of fast guitar playing, synth backing and fast tempo'd Jazz Fusion all through it's duration. And the main issue is the duration. Over an hour which is a long tim ... (read more)

Report this review (#395646) | Posted by topographicbroadways | Sunday, February 6, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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