Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Richie Kotzen, Greg Howe - Project (1997)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Instrumental rock, jazz fusion
Original Release Date: 1997
Label: Shrapnel

Don't overlook these Kotzen/Howe state-of-the-art guitar showcases. TILT and PROJECT team two of the most accomplished axe-murderers out there for some jaw-dropping incendiary fusionfests that manage to overcome the built-in negatives (basically, they were executive-produced by Dr Frankenstein, as both guitarists recorded their parts seperately in their respective basements, with session drummers overlaid onto the basic tracks) with hot, hot, hot playing. Sure, there's something coldly clinical about this approach but there's a lot of inventiveness and even chemistry here that you wouldn't figure on, given the methods used. On TILT, every track features two virtuoso players trying to out do each other with such fury and finesse it's a wonder they didn't catch fire..whereas this followup (just as good) goes for wider sound canvases and a bit more experimentation. You'll need to keep some flame-retardant beside your speakers while playing either cd, though. As you may have figured out, both are strongly recommended.

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