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Album Review

After the slightly disappointing Black Cherry Acid Lab (if only because it was too short), David Fiuczynski quickly came back with this impressive collaboration with electric cellist Rufus Cappadocia. The album also features contributions from percussionist and drummers Daniel Sadownick, Gene Lake and Ralph Tobias, plus clarinetist Matt Darriau and singer Lian Amber. You'd think that the mean, twangy guitar riffs and solos of "The Fuze" would eat a cello alive, but please understand that Cappadocia's playing usually comes much closer to fretless bass than anything close to an acoustic cello — he's more Tony Levin than Yo-Yo Ma! The set kicks off with "Mektoub": after an introduction featuring the cellist playing arco (one of the rare moments on Kif where one can identify the instrument for what it truly is), the piece builds up to one of Fiuczynski's trademark slow-tempo funk moods. The guitar lines hint at North-African scales, while Sadownick's percussion work enhances the Moroccan feel. Each track provides a setting for the duo to explore exotic sonorities — titles likes "Phrygianade," "Chinese GoGo" and "Purple Vishnu" are self-explanatory. At times it almost feels like a recipe, but Fiuczynski's creative soloing — and the fact that he has been using twangy Middle-Eastern and Far-Eastern-like melodies long before this album — makes it work. And you never know when an innocent-sounding Klezmer melody will turn into a monster hard rock riff. "Prayer for My Father," slow and emotional, provides a highlight. "Gaida," co-penned with Matt Darriau, who also plays clarinet in it, is another stand-out. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Insanely Good!

Howdy! Hey you guitar players searching for that "thing", that inspiration, that kick in the pants, the muse that will push you to the next level...this is it. If you are into Stevie Vai, Joe Satriani, Oz Noy, Jeff Beck, (anyone who pushes boundaries!!!)...Get it...GET IT! You will be impressed by the amount of music/styles/instrumentation/etc your can learn from and enjoy. Soon you will be creating adventures in little black dots that will put a smile on your face. Might not go down as one of the greatest guitar albums of all time, but that is only because people won't spend the time this guy has put in learning an amazing range of music and instruments! Dave and Rufus, you two are wonderful and a joy to listen to!!!


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski came to prominence with the 1994 release, titled Lunar Crush. An outing that also featured the heavy-handed and sweeping sound and style of Hammond B-3 organ specialist John Medeski, of "Medeski, Martin & Wood" fame. Thus, Fiuczynski's angular and often unorthodox phrasing along with ferocious chops and an expansive jazz fusion/rock vernacular alerted more than just a few. The "Fuze" has also recorded with drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's high-octane ensembles, trumpeter...
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