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One by Joel Newton

Guitarist Joel Newton’s self-produced One showcases an adventurous guitarist with chops to spare. Based out of New York, he and his band One re-invent the early jazz rock fusion sound. Though comparisons to Metheny and Mahavishnu (especially "Quintisms") are evident, there’s a bit of punk phunk in the Petri dish too in the closing "Last One." With second guitarist Lars Aakesson, bassist Toshi Someya, and percussionist Chris Michael, Joel has produced a well executed collection of original music that falls onto a musical continuum begun 25 years ago while remaining completely contemporary and invigorating. One of the more interesting pieces is "Tech Joel," on which Aakesson and Someya (shades of Stanley Clarke) take solos over Michael’s busy and creative percussion. Newton solos on the following "This Way, That Way," a relatively subdued piece that features violin and synthesizers and further evidence of a total control over the electronics. A superb disc deserving of a much broader audience.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Joel Newton
  • CD Title: One
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Three Stars
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