Gerald Gradwohl: KiWa Walk
Gerald Gradwohl (guitar)
Tritone Barrier (ESC 3718-2)
Gerald Gradwohl (guitar),
Jojo Lackner (bass), Farid Al-Shami (drums).
Composed by Gerald Gradwohl.
Recorded: Vienna, Austria, August 2006
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
If ZZ Top played fusion music, this is what it would sound like. This is jazz-rock boogie of the highest order. No wine drinking for fans of this trio. It's all about the beer.
"KiWa Walk" is a power track. Gradwohl is sort of a heavy fusion-era Jeff Beck. His chords are thicker and more jazz influenced, but his soloing, harmonic sense and calculated use of his whammy bar owe a nod to Beck in some way. Lackner and Al-Shami rock the house on this number as well. Lackner's bass is a throbbing monster. Al-Shami has the groove locked down tight and has thrown away the key. All three players know that even this type of music has nuances. They display that knowledge every time they pause for a beat or two to change direction. No cheese for listeners of this music. Pass the chips.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky