Guitarist Adam Caine has gathered Ken Filiano and famous drummer Phil Haynes in a splendid CD. He also shares the stage with prominent musicians such as Paul Smoker, Daniel Carter, Kevin Shea.... His imagination about fusion and funky compositions is so open that this first trio release is criminally psychedelic.
"Turgataur," "Thitic," "Maurice," "Separator," "Shifting", compass precious few solos but concentrates on an oceanic ensemble-style of playing where Adam Caine, Ken Filliano and Phil Haynes focus on their contribution to the whole. Rhythms are tight, sharply focused and funky as hell; slinking and sliding around all over the floor with serious attitude.
Bassist Ken Filiano is an overall first-rate musician and shines on the track "Thitic" with his own particular way of playing the strings. "Separator" is proof that this musician is easily at home in classical as well as in avant-garde contexts. His sound is unique and full of fire on "Schifting." Throughout the whole album Ken Filiano reveals a wide spectrum of musical expression and voices.
Drummer Phil Haynes fixes his moods into Caine and Filiano, playing and holding the trio together. Despite the organized chaos and out of tempo, this gentleman deploys battalions of imagination and virtuosity in "Thitic" and "Shifting."
Phil Haynes's concept of drumming is of great input on this release. Haynes is one the most recognizable drummers and was a pioneer in the downtown scene music. He has performed with Paul Smoker, Ron Rohovit, Mark Feldman, Drew Gress, Herb Robertson, Ellery Eskelin, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, Marty Ehrlich, David Liebman, Jim Yanda and Ed Schuller (among many others).
Listeners will be impressed to hear in Caine-Pipe how the fusion influence moved on from where it was left to a young, funky, free jazz. This release shakes fusion to a new more primal music.
Adam Caine's influences have certainly come from Miles' music. That said, Caine can also produce a Hendrix-like tone to his guitar playing and pushing the listener to dribble abstractions. This album rivals with a bunch of fusion's creation and it is breath-taking with a certain amount of magnificence and enormity of vision.