Brad Shepik: Blindspot




Brad Shepik (electric and acoustic guitars, tambura, electric saz)


Human Activity Suite (Songlines SGL SA1576-2)

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Brad Shepik (electric and acoustic guitars, tambura, electric saz),

Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano, organ, accordion), Drew Gress (bass), Tom Rainey (drums)


Composed by Brad Shepik


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, June 14-15, 2008


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Tiny drips of attackless guitar, trumpet phrases, hi-hat clicks and organ blurts reverberate against the wall. It seems that "Blindspot" is destined to be an all-ambient suite. But a circular figure pops out of Brad Shepik's guitar, inspiring the rest of the band to follow suit. With two-thirds of the timeline left, the song becomes instead a burning fusion workout that uses that initial arpeggio as fuel. The heat really gets turned up during the Shepik/Alessi/Versace guitar/trumpet/organ solo passages. All players provide angular and fast-paced improvisations that build on each other. Subsequent solo turns really bring it. By the time the head was revisited, I was sweating!

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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