like this, if you’ve been craving for a taste of “live” music
that’s creative, innovative and influenced by the retro styles of
legendary artist like Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pink
Floyd, and Bob Marley then welcome to the ingenious world of “Green
Light” and their latest recording titled “My Experiments with
Groove”. From the onset the “Trios” fusion sound infiltrates
your mindset with rock solid grooves that taps into the pulse of
poetic rawness that sonically fells the void for a gamut of
independent thinkers and music lovers alike.
The Players: Drummer ~ Adam Snow, Bassist ~ Dustin Hofsess, and
Guitarist Kevin Gill.
For the curious minds the trio keeps a ridged groove in sync with
drummer Adam Snow and bassist Dustin Hofsess, soon thereafter
guitarist Kevin Gill joins in with his incisive lyrical approach on
the opening track titled “Expansions”. They slowly inflict a
scrumptious array of auspicious chops with compassion that bands
together this unit into one grueling fusion expedition.
“Where’s the love? II” by Gill is anchored by his brothers in arms
that in time dabbles into a source of inspirational voicings that
swerves and rocks with vibrant yet funky beats suggests their ability
to flawlessly interact together as one.
Bassist Hofsess serves up a tasty score with “Choopie’s Theme”.
The trio doesn’t waste a moment’s notice by interceding with
precise and enthralling solos when called upon delivery sheer
perfection with each aspiring note of energy.
“Betty Lou” drops in as a short and funky interlude at the 4th
spot featuring Gill’s crisp guitar licks, as his band mates
consciously invokes byte-size solos that leaves the listener wanting a
tad bit more.
Dustin Hofsess fingers roam the body of his bass as he rumbles into the
familiar undercurrents of groove with “Belly Dance”. And then
guitarist Gill chimes in with a ravishing spirit as a soloist in
pursuit of satisfying the adventuring intimacies of this composition.
“My Experiments in the Key of Green” is an interlude piece, which
leans into the marriage of title track “My
Experiments with Groove”. This is yet another composition penned by Gill, here with
his axe in hand he unleashes with authority while under the influences
of Jimi Hendrix bringing absolute wonder to this profoundly
imaginative composition. There’s no doubt this is one of my favorite
tracks on the recording.
In the 8th spot is a cut called “Essentially” another
interlude piece of sort here, it happens to be in a somber state
compared to the previous piece which is refreshing change of pace.
A cut titled “Birdwave” written by Jimmy McGriff falls right into
the next spot. At the beginning and into the conclusion the trio is
suspended in flight with another Hendrix influenced arrangement
sounding somewhat like the Band of Gypsies with traces of Buddy Miles
funk at the core.
Apparently Green Light has a fondness for short & sweet musical
episodes interlinked throughout the project that enhances the
character of their music; “Breathe Deep in The Rising Sun” stays
well atoned to the configuration of the music.
“7Th Street Strut” arrives at the 11th spot
diving deep into the elements of the groove while heavily glazed with
the sobering rock infused attributes of Green Light.
The title here … “I wave my skinny arms like a tall flower in the
wind” is another appetizing interlude by the Trio that’s fitting
being that it’s fused with a genuine dose of acid rock.
The final selection flirts with the sentiments of the opening track,
this one’s called “When I’m Quiet, We Hear Music”. I can very
well embrace this concept as the trio travels its boundless course of
creativity bringing this 75 plus minute of exuberant musical landscape
to a tasteful end.
After listening too this organic fusion excursion by Green Light, I soon
realized how out of touch I’ve become with the in-depth mysteries of
fusion music. “My Experiments with
Groove” by Green Light lends itself compositionally to the rock edge
after all I’ve never called it jazz it’s without a doubt pure
fusion. Kudos to this dynamic trio of musicians, what I dig most about
Green Light is that they are passionate about their music, they
qualify as promising musicians and composers that can surely enrich
the lives of those that populate the fabric of progressive music
called “Green Light”.