|Tony MacAlpine; Bunny Brunel; Dennis Chambers - CAB 2
|AMG Review by Glenn Astarita (4):
With this 2001 release, virtuoso electric guitarist Tony MacAlpine, bassist extraordinaire Bunny Brunel, and power drummer Dennis Chambers extend concepts witnessed on their inaugural 2000 effort. However, legendary rock/fusion keyboardist Brian Auger lends his signature style sound and laudable skills to the band's already turbo-charged methodologies. Simply put, Auger provides additional textures while frequently tempering and counterbalancing the trio's often-fervent pace via his climactically driven electronic keyboard work and stylistic Hammond B-3 overtones. Otherwise, the group continues its generally torrid mode of execution by trading viscous fours, amid turbo-charged funk beats, rapidly executed unison choruses, and demanding time signatures. Consequently, the musicians also incorporate melodious interludes and nicely arranged movements into the grand scheme of things. On this 2000 release, the group offers quite a bit more than your average everyday or conventional high-octane chops session. Recommended!
Cab 2 brings together four of the most revered instrumentalists of our time (Tony MacAlpine, guitar and keys; Bunny Brunel, bass, keys and production; Dennis Chambers, drums and Brian Auger, keys and B3) who join together in an unparalleled musical exchange of compositional skills and soloing abilities, creating a high energy jazz/fusion album that ranks among the greatest in the genre.