James Sudakow & Eric Zimmermann: When I Am King
When I Am King
There Is No Sound In Space
Composed by James Sudakow.
Recorded: Prosper, Texas, 2008
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Violinist James Sudakow's music is not for the faint of heart. He lists Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Jean Luc Ponty, Jerry Goodman and other fusion notables as influences. But with the exception of two cuts (the other being "The Greatest Life I've Even Known"), this music is more electronica than fusion, as if Tangerine Dream had swallowed Kraftwerk and couldn't quite stomach it. (You youngsters can go run for Internet sound bytes from those ancient bands now if you want.)
"When I Am King" is the album's most accessible piece. Sudakow is not shy. He comes at you with strings blazing. His lines are harsh and dramatic. Subtlety is not in his vocabulary. Guitarist and programmer Eric Zimmermann reads out of the same dictionary. His disjointed electric forays actually give the piece some structure, and his programming deserves special note. He has concocted a wobbly seamless synthesized bassline in the form of a sine wave that is the heart of the piece. It reminds me of the old ad slogan for the weeble toy: "Weebles wobble, but they won't fall down." You will find yourself following this weeble from beginning to end.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky