Phantom Recordings/Inakustik [Release date 23.10.15]
I must be getting old, but a bit of jazz fusion always seems to go down well especially when it’s well executed. In 2014 we reviewed ‘Protocol II’ and opined it was ‘a superior jazz fusion album’. ‘Protocol III’ is no different. Once again, built around the sublime drumming of one-time Toto rhythm-meister Simon Phillips and joined, again, by the stellar talents of Andy Timmons (guitar), Steve Weingart (keys) and Ernest Tibbs (bass).
‘Narmada’ is the scene-setter with characteristic, immaculate, band interplay at times recalling some of Lenny White’s solo albums. White of course was Return To Forever’s drummer and we have already commented that ‘Protocol’ is like a more commercial version of that seminal jazz fusion quartet. But ‘Imaginary Ways’ is like something a latter-day Jeff Beck might pursue always held together by the tight rhythms of Tubbs and Phillips.
Phillips helpfully supplies liner notes so that we know that some of these compositions date back several years, the oldest to 1991. A rock project with Timmons that never materialised offered up ‘Outlaw’ whilst ‘Catalyst’ and ‘Circle Seven’ allow more scope for Steve Weingart’s keys. Phillips notes the ‘one-take’ nature of the recordings with bridge sections constructed on the hoof. Nice.
As with the previous release, Phillips never dominates and his deftness of touch and sensitivity allows his fellow musicians to breathe and to shine. Especially Timmons. This album is a must for those who sought out ‘II’ and for lovers of jazz fusion in general, even if it does make you feel a little bit old and, well, maybe a little uncool as well. *****
Review by David Randall
David Randall presents ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday at 22:00 GMT.
Album review (Protocol II)
The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.
More about Josh: http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/?s=%22Josh+Taerk%22
David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 15 November 2020.
UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 17 November 2020
Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.
Featured Albums w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 JEFF SCOTT SOTO Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 LAZARUS DREAM Alive (Pride & Joy Music)
14:00-16:00 RONAN FURLONG The King Of Leaves (Thoroughbred Music)
Power Plays w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)
L.A. GUNS All That You Are (Golden Robot Records)
THE DUST CODA Limbo Man (Earache)
EBBA BERGKVIST & THE FLAT TIRE BAND 68 Twin (indie)
IRON SAVIOR Souleater (AFM Records)
IVY GOLD This Is My Time (indie)
Tweets by Get Ready to ROCK!