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Dose — Dose
((Not on label) CD1018, 1999, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2001-07-01

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Not sure what to make of this one. Instrumental five-piece of guitar, bass, keys, and drums with flute and sax. All musicians very talented. No original compositions, just covers of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, and Kenso, plus four songs by Isildurs Bane. Setting aside the issue of comparing these versions with the originals, Dose makes for pretty good listening as a jazz-fusion band, with all members acquitting themselves admirably. Greg Gammon’s guitar and Joe Morris’ winds take the majority of the leads, though Joe Welch gets in a few great moments on keyboards. Larry Lang (bass) and Richard Mazzara (drums) kick butt as a rhythm section, and the arrangements are all tight, allowing room for solos without too much self-indulgent overplaying. Gammon is certainly up to the material, though he doesn’t actually sound that much like any of the original guitarists whose music the band plays. But I just keep coming back to the thought that with some original material, these guys could really be something. As it is, they’re just... well, a cover band.


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