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Album Review

This 1999 production represents material culled from Chapman Stick/Warr guitarist Trey Gunn's bank of previously unreleased outtakes or, as he states, "surfacings." Here, Gunn enlists the services of prominent modern jazz trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas along with drummer Pat Mastellotto (a fellow King Crimson bandmate) and drummer/percussionist Bob Muller. In addition, a female vocalist simply known as Serpentine sings on two tracks; yet, other than the leader, all the instrumentalists appear on selected pieces. With this effort, Gunn utilizes his electronic "tapping" instruments to lay down complex ostinato-type motifs while multi-tracking bass parts and churning out electrified solos. Hence, Gunn paints polytonal fabrics of sound via his cunning discourses and obliquely stated passages. Overall, the artist provides a disparate mix, consisting of ambient dreamscapes atop hard-driving backbeats and East Indian modalities. Meanwhile, Douglas and Gunn execute harmonious unison choruses amid straight-four rock measures and worldbeat-style grooves. Thus, Raw Power: Surfacings is a noteworthy outing from a musician who generally seeks to expand his already wide-ranging horizons.


Born: December 13, 1960 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Best known for his virtuosic mastery of the Chapman Stick (an odd-sounding, guitar-like electric instrument), multi-instrumentalist Trey Gunn first came to prominence in the early '90s on recordings with King Crimson mastermind Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists. In addition to leading his own Trey Gunn Band, Gunn joined King Crimson for their 1995 reunion, still gigging frequently with them into the new millennium. Gunn's solo output has largely been recorded for the Crimson-affiliated Discipline...
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