David Fiuczynski & John Medeski: Vog




David Fiuczynski (guitar)


Lunar Crush (Gramavision R2 79498)

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David Fiuczynski (guitar), John Medeski (keyboards),

Fima Ephron (bass), Gene Lake (drums)


Composed by David Fiuczynski & John Medeski


Recorded: New York, January 1994


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

When writing about David Fiuczynski, I spend half my time going back and correcting the spelling of his name. Interestingly, I go through the same exercise when I write about many Indian musicians whose names can sometimes be longer than a line at a Miley Cyrus concert. David should have taken a stage name long ago. His nickname "Fuze" would have done.

Lunar Crush is an understatement. F-i-u-c-z-y-n-s-k-i and Medeski, the important cog in the premier jam band Medeski, Martin and Wood, crush much more than a moon or two on this outing.

"Vog" is in the vein of a classic Medeski Martin & Wood jam. Medeski's grinding B-3 organ, Lake's insistent drumming and Ephron's thumping bass carry it inexorably toward grooveland. But "Vog" is different from a standard MMW vehicle because of F-i-u-c-z-y-n-s-k-i's wild guitar explosions. After he and Medeski establish a head-grabbing theme, F-i-u-c-z-y-n-s-k-i proceeds to tear his guitar to shreds. It is a total deconstruction of the instrument. Notes, as sharp as broken glass, are dangerously jettisoned in every which direction. Blood is drawn. Soon Medeski is doing the same to his poor axe. The band continues to pulverize. It is all too much for their equipment, which breaks down into a heap on the floor.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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