Ben Sherman, Angel Resto, Frank Young - One Mind Produced by Ben Sherman, Angel Resto and Frank Young 2001 Featuring great interplay and cool rhythmic ideas, this trio's brand of fusion will put a smile on your face as they take you on a roller coaster ride of time and tonal changes. With nice compositional ideas, the tunes are very engaging and hold up well after repeated listening. Guitarist Ben Sherman does some really nice chordal work throughout the disc and has a great rhythm tone. Although he takes some inspired solos throughout the CD (check out the soulful lead in "By the River Where Maggie Used to Play"), his distorted lead tone is lacking some "oomph" and it sounds as if he's struggling through some of his solos. Drummer Frank Young sounds great on this disc and reminds me of the playing on Steve Smith's latest trio releases. The drums were also recorded very well augmenting the CD's live, spontaneous feel. Check out the insanity on the rockin' "Fake Hanky" where Angel Resto's warm, round bass sound envelopes the tune and anchors Young and Sherman's improvisations. Nice!! ~ by Joe Nardulli, EER-MUSIC.com tracklist: 1. Zipper 5:11 2. Maga's Dance 4:31 3. Sumo (Butt Ugly) 6:36 4. By The River Where Maggie Used To Play 5:24 5. Chi's Whizz 5:09 6. Fake Hanky 4:39 7. Lovely Day (Anne Marie's Garden) 4:39 8. Second Sight 9:16
Ben Sherman: First Light (CD, 40:31); BENSH00001, 1997 Ben Sherman, BMI P.O. Box 342 Westminster, Maryland 21158 USA Ph: 888-398-3593 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cyberhome: First Light Website/ Ben Sherman Highly proficient fretwork here, a multitude of stylings and a pleasure all the way through. Sherman fires it up like Steve Morse, mellows like Andy Summers on chord phrasings, bluesrock licks like Stevie Ray and jazzes it up tastefully all the while. On "The Shadow" you get a nice earful of Sherman sounding very, very Dixie Dregs and pulling it off effortlessly. Well-done Morse indeed. Sherman has got Morse's percussive/muted legato attack and ascending lead riff down like no other guitarist I've ever heard. (Sorry, Liquid Tension Experiment, Ben's better.) Fine acoustic guitar work with Manring style bass breaks the rock flow on "Horizons". On the next cut, "Hour of the Wolf" Sherman mixes it up with electric and acoustic guitars and lounge jazz piano that is cut into by that Satriani/Vai/Montrose clarity and dynamics. Mellow guitars and piano return to finish the track out. A very tastefully done ramble through the dimly lit ivory and frets. We get rockin' in a Satriani Not of this Earth mood on "Countdown" that carries you off into a wide oceanside break that then careens across the dunes throwing sand into the night breezes. Crank it up Ben! Crystalline crisp chords wash over you in the spray of this wild ride towards the nighttime liftoff. More Satriani styled styling comes out in "Nightmare On Church Street." It is an ominous rocking, cruisin' tune, kinda ballad with plenty of pyrotechnic attacks and releases to get you through the next caution light ahead. "Last Best Hope" reminded me of Holdsworth meets Andy Summers and Bill Connors but not with a blinding fury of notes -- just rocking out as in Holdsworth's vinyl- release-only Road Games. This was a nice jazzy upbeat jam. My type of stuff!! On the title track, "First Light" we come way down, a leaf drifting on a late, Fall twilight's wafting whisper of coming winter, an acoustic delight in that Alex De Grassi/Will Ackerman spirit. Ah, sweet finale. Recommened stuff here. -- John W. Patterson
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