Stranger's Hand

マーケットプレイス価格:¥ 1,377 (税込)

レーベル:Tone Center
JAN:0026245400528 売上ランキング:音楽で460961位

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  1. Brick Chicken
  2. Sufferin' Catfish
  3. Four Four And More
  4. Glimmer Of Hope
  5. Pinky's Revenge
  6. Elvin
  7. Caliente
  8. Going Up!
  9. Moonchild
  10. The Stranger's Hand
Drummer Steve Smith's ToneCenter label continues to rescue jazz fusion from the doghouse of jazz history with The Stranger's Hand, a high-octane quartet affair that features Smith alongside former Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jerry Goodman, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge, and multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy. Composed spontaneously in the studio over the span of several days, The Stranger's Hand doesn't pull any punches from the first lightning-fast unison runs of "Brick Chicken." It also isn't afraid to show its early-fusion influence, with several tracks uncannily echoing the early Mahavishnu Orchestra. Part of "Glimmer of Hope" is almost a dead ringer for "Dance of the Maya" from Inner Mounting Flame, and there are times when Goodman seems to be doing his best fleet-fingered John McLaughlin imitation. Still, if anyone can pull that off, it's Goodman, whose range on electric and acoustic violin is still extraordinary--he's equally adept at the searing electric-fusion runs of "Caliente" as he is on the bluegrass-New Orleans feel of "Sufferin' Catfish" and the straightahead jazz of "Elvin." Also, there are other spices here that make the disc distinctive, from Burbridge's George Benson -esque scat soloing on "Pinky's Revenge" to the harmonica of Levy (who also doubles on keyboards) that sometimes lends the group a bluesier, more countrified sound. --Ezra Gale