Distinguished Panel of Experts — Trans-Indulgent
(Luna Negra CDLN-44, 2009, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2011-06-01
These experts are well known to most Exposé readers: bassist and primary expert Mike Sary (French TV), keyboardist Guy Leblanc (Nathan Mahl, Camel), guitarist Shawn Persinger (Prester John, Boud Deun), and drummer Chris Vincent (formerly French TV), here embarking on a more-or-less improvisational sideline project from their usual endeavors. Spoken parts on one cut “Song for Wesley Willis to Sing” were written by Mac Beaulieu, although nobody in the band takes credit for the execution (presumably it’s Sary). Other than that, this is an instrumental project from beginning to end, full of fiery jamming and friendly floating reconnaissance. When this rocks, it rocks hard, with Persinger’s penetrating and audacious guitar leads taking command like we haven’t heard since his days with Boud Deun. Leblanc offers some tasty keyboard work throughout (piano and synth mostly) as well, while Sary and Vincent whip up an explosive bottom end. The all too brief “Mundele” places the ensemble into a wild jazz improv, where they sound equally at home. There’s a little bit of everything here, be it funk, fusion, heavy grooves, channeling Zappa and Herbie Hancock, spacey ambient lapses – it seems nothing is off limits for these guys, but more than anything it’s evident they are having great fun entertaining themselves and anyone else who might happen to be listening to this.
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