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The Mark Varney Project - Truth In Shredding (1990)

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The Mark Varney Project - Truth In Shredding (1990)
Artist: The Mark Varney Project
Title Of Album: Truth In Shredding
Year Of Release: 1990
Label: Tone Center
Country: US
Genre: Jazz / Fusion
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 54:58 min
Full Size: 375 MB


1. Rocks (7:01)
2. Humpty Dumpty (6:32)
3. The Fall (8:16)
4. Not Ethiopia (9:37)
5. New Boots (6:24)
6. Ana Maria (9:06)
7. Bathsheba (8:17)


Bass – Jimmy Earl
Keyboards – Freddy Ravel
Lead Guitar – Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale
Rhythm Guitar – Frank Gambale
Saxophone – Steve Tavaglione
SynthAxe – Allan Holdsworth

MVP stands for the Mark Varney Project. He has been a longtime recruiter of guitar speed demons such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Tony Macalpine. Here he brings together accomplished and established players. It is a very intense fusion recording that can be an intimidating listen both in terms of technique and the consistent intensity maintained throughout. The metal-influenced Frank Gambale is one of the pioneers of the sweep-picking technique that allows him to generate mind-numbing speed. Allan Holdsworth proves a good counterpoint, as his unique approach also produces lightning-quick runs. Guitar fans, especially the younger crowd, will appreciate the extended solos and lack of any commercial hooks here. It is basically a blowing date; however, it pales in comparison to a jazz blowing date because the players quickly run out of ideas and continuously revert back to familiar territory. This is not to say that the musicians don't deserve credit for their playing -- quite the contrary; it's just that the abundance of linear scales and repetitive patterns proves tiresome. Out of the two, Gambale seems a bit more inspired and more comfortable in this setting. Tommy Brechtlein turns in a fine performance on drums, especially when given some space on "Bathsheba." If taken in short doses, the impact of this recording is more effective. Recommended for fans ranging from fusion to progressive to metal. -- Robert Taylor

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