Exposé Online banner

James Sudakow — Green
((Not on label) no#, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Green Cover art

The tribal beats and pulsating electronic vibe in the opening minutes of “Black” set the stage for some amazingly incisive electric violin work as the piece slowly builds intensity across its six-plus minutes, then retreats to another minute or so of sublime low-level ambient experimentation. Sudakow is a Southern California based composer and violinist, one who generally steers clear of the pretty classically influenced fare in favor of a more aggressive rock and fusion approach, playing through heavy amplification utilizing distortion, delays, and other electronic effects. In that respect, not limited by the traditional roles of his instrument, his work is probably more easily comparable to many lead guitarists, or violinists who pushed the rock envelope (Simon House during his tenure with High Tide or Hawkwind, and Darryl Way of Curved Air come to mind). Each of the six instrumental cuts on Green (simply titled with a color: “Red”, “Purple”, Blue”, etc.) offers a distinctive vision that drives hard and tasty, exploding with energy, tension and release. Many of these pieces tend to approach the psychedelic territory of bands like Ozric Tentacles, due to their sheer length and explorative, seemingly improvisational nature. On each, Sudakow is accompanied by the outstanding rhythm section of David Gaziel and Matt Bissonette (on drums and bass respectively) who support the effort well. This is an outstanding release that should be heard by all.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): James Sudakow

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Omnia Opera - Omnia Opera – From the first few power chords at the beginning of "Space Bastard" it becomes fairly obvious that this British six-piece have Hawkwind as one of their major influences, yet they seem to be capable of...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues