Exposé Online banner

Scott Amendola Band — Believe
(Cryptogramophone CG 123, 2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

Believe Cover artFor those not in the know, Scott Amendola has been pounding the skins in the experimental music realm for several years. In his many travels the time keeper has met a few kindred spirits along the way resulting in inevitably this collection of nine new pieces from the band leader and composer. Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker’s compressed fuzz tone adds a sentimental fusiony aspect to many of the tracks while Nels Cline occupies the left hand channel delivering many an inspired double whammy. Violinist Jenny Scheinman (who also plays with Bill Frisell and Charming Hostess) contributes to “If Only One” as one of the truly substantial performances on the disc. Her role is much like the best of Jerry Goodman’s playing on the first Mahavishnu Orchestra recording, The Inner Mounting Flame. There are many other standout collaborations on the disc as well. “Buffalo Bird Woman” is figuratively the horse that upset the apple cart with tremoloed guitar in the right channel offsetting a noticeably straight rocking shuffle that works in tandem. As country rock this does indeed match Neil Young’s acoustic roots intensity. Cline’s slide guitar is also quite appropriate too on the piece. Alternately “Smarty Pants” ventures into more traditional jazz territory with Scheinman and Parker doing a bit of Reinhardt/Grapelli dueting that features a tasty lead solo from Parker as well. Overall it’s hard not to get excited when super groups get together and have some fun creating a pastiche of styles that is hybrid heaven.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Scott Amendola, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jon Anderson - The More You Know – I knew there was something fishy about this CD when I looked at the song lengths - all are nearly identical. Pre-planned? Hmmmm, could be. After six solo releases since 1994, a vacation in Bermuda...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues