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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars TUNNELS are a trio with Marc Wagnon on vibes, Percy Jones (BRAND X) on bass and Frank Katz on drums. We get some guest guitar from John Goodsall (BRAND X), violin from Mark Feldman (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA) and some female vocals (Sarah Pillow).This is a band who loves and is greatly influenced by TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA and Miles Davis circa "Jack Johnson" and "Live Evil".

"Syzygy Incident" is my favourite because everything is intricate and the drums and bass are absolutely outstanding ! I love this stuff. "Wall To Wall Sunshine" is guitar led early as bass, drums and vibes fill out the sound. Violin replaces the guitar as they continue to trade off in this MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA flavoured track. "Frank's Beard" features these odd metered drum patterns as bass, vibes and violin help out.It gets pretty intense before 7 minutes. Drums only after 8 minutes. "Diabollocks" has this beat as sounds come and go. Nice. Bass a minute in. Not a lot of melody here and the vibes are prominant too. "Progressivity" has this full, rich sound with vibes over top.Violin takes a turn then the vibes are back around 3 minutes.Violin is back 4 1/2 minutes in.

"7,584,333,440 Miles Away" is a 20 1/2 minute studio jam. Intricate drumming early with bass as vibes come and go. Guitar helps out too. Check out the drumming after 2 1/2 minutes and before 5 1/2 minutes. Impressive ! The tempo does shift quite a bit.The guitar leads after 10 minutes. It gets pretty intense then it settles after 12 minutes and builds. It settles again with vibes as the guitar makes some noise. "Some Things Must Last" is a laid back tune as the violin comes and goes. "Fusionauts" has this base of drums and bass as the guitar plays over top.Vibes and guitar take turns on this one. "Orfeo's Demon" has these heavily treated female vocal expressions. Sarah is Marc's wife by the way. Intricate sounds come and go in this interesting track. "High Tea At 49th And 10th" features some more impressive drumming and jazzy bass lines.

These guys are gunslingers and they've delivered an interesting and complex recording that never gets tiring. Easily 4 stars and a must for Fusion fans.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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