Jonas Hellborg: Abstract Logic


Abstract Logic



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Jonas Hellborg (bass),

Shawn Lane (guitar), Kofi Baker (drums)


Composed by Jonas Hellborg, Shawn Lane & Kofi Baker


Recorded: Garsnas, Sweden, December 1994


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Abstract Logic was the first recorded collaboration between two musicians who could really take it out Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane. They would become the perfect partners for many more projects until Lane's untimely death in 2003.

"Abstract Logic" opens with a prolonged cascade of harmonics and impressive melodic runs from bassist Hellborg and guitarist Lane. All of this activity is placed against the backdrop of a vague Indian-sounding electronic drone. After about two minutes of bliss, the proceedings fade. A replacement tune is imported to become the piece's second movement. In quite a departure for the tandem of Hellborg and Lane, who tended to play heavy electric music laden with Indian and Arabian scalar qualities, the music sounds like The Pat Metheny Group. The melody is accessible and quite catchy. Lane's guitar seems to be even using the same settings as Metheny. And those chords are straight from the Metheny School. Later in the song, Lane changes his tune and produces some signature stuff full of twisted blues. But the vibe remains the same. Kofi Baker sounds very much the power drummer just like his father Ginger, with whom Hellborg had previously worked. "Abstract Logic" is a very pleasing number that is totally out of character for its two protagonists. The fact these guys could take this route gives their other music even more street cred.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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