Lindsey Boullt — Composition
((Not on label) no#, 2007, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01Boullt’s debut CD Composition is a surprisingly masterful and well-paced collection of guitar-based instrumental pieces that spark the imagination and elevate the spirit electric. He’s also assembled an amazing cast of support musicians who seem to understand his intentions well, and go the extra measure to drive his concepts and brisk arrangements into the stratosphere. Stated succinctly, this flat out kicks ass, but in a tasteful way that often recalls some of the best fusion of the 70s and beyond, but also some of the more recent endeavors of the Axiom label come to mind. Those supporting musicians include none other than Jerry Goodman (violin), Mingo Lewis (percussion), Jeremy Colson and Atma Anur (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards), Jon Herrera (bass), Peter Van Gelder (sitar), and others. There are some vocals here and there on a few of the cuts (by Sukhawat Ali Khan), but in essence they function as an additional instrument in the rich and varied mix of elements. There’s just so much going on here, from the Middle-Eastern and Indian fusions, the blistering high speed fretboard runs, the tasty acoustic Zeppelinesque bits, those searing, soaring guitar melodies, and more. Without any reservation I can solidly recommend this to fans of Mahavishnu Orchestra (yep, Goodman was there too!), Shakti, Eleventh House, and other similarly inclined fusion artists, although despite those references, one can be assured Boullt’s heart is closer to the rock idiom.
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more