Tribal Tech: Aftermath
Illicit (BlueMoon R2 79180)
Scott Kinsey (keyboards), Kirk Covington (drums).
Composed by Tribal Tech.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, April 1992
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
In my review of Tribal Tech's cut "The Big Wave," I pointed to the fact that sometimes the band could sound like Weather Report. Of course Weather Report had no guitarist. But the character of the music is the same. The comparison is even more apt on "Aftermath." For most of the tune Scott Kinsey's keyboards are the dominant Zawinulian force. By the tune's midsection, you can hear Scott Henderson's guitar. It is quite possible that he was playing all along. But through the use of effects gadgets he manages to squelch most of the guitar's telltale sounds. Bassist Gary Willis does not sound like himself either. This slow-moving piece is all about investigating texture and space. It is far from the generally expected Tribal Tech fusion rave-up. That's what makes it more interesting. Call me a contrarian if you will, but I always prefer music outside the expected. I like bands that push you out of your comfort zone. This music does that quite effectively.
Tribal Tech has managed to carry the fusion torch for many years now. It is good to see long-lived quality practitioners keeping the spirit alive through both the good and the lean times.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky