Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Snake Oil
Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion
Live at the Zinc Bar (Richman Productions)
Richie Goods (bass),
Helen Sung (keyboards), Jeff Lockhart (guitar), Mike Clark (drums).
Composed by Tony Newton.
Recorded: New York, September 2007
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
I must say it makes me feel good to see a musician name his group after two dirty words. That can take some guts in today's overly sensitive commercial market. It is also good to hear Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion tackle the old second-edition Tony Williams Lifetime's "Snake Oil" from the Believe It! album.
According to what I am hearing on Live at the Zinc Bar, Nuclear Fusion is really a funk band that plays fusion music. Lifetime's bassist Tony Newton, credited on this CD as Antonio Newton, wrote "Snake Oil" over 30 years ago. It is only fitting that a modern-day bass contemporary chooses to cover it. The musicianship on this performance is top notch. Goods's opening bass, on which he plays the same lines and effects as Newton did, serves as the hub of the performance. Guitarist Jeff Lockhart handles the Allan Holdsworth parts with great skill. Keyboardist Helen Sung plays the required chunky staccato chords necessary for this thing to work. Drummer Mike Clark is given the heavy task of being Tony Williams. He is not Tony Williams, but he is very good. Nuclear Fusion effectively captures the constant tension of the original cut and adds about 10% more funk. You can consider this cover covered. I look forward to hearing more fusion goldie moldies from this band in the future.
I do have a slight and friendly warning for Richie Goods. My rating would have been a little higher had the sound not been so clean. Think about that, Richie.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky