The Dave Fox Group: Of All The Tapas Bars In The World …


Of All The Tapas Bars In The World …


The Dave Fox Group


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Dave Fox (keyboards), Bruce Eisenbeil (guitar),

Pat Lawrence (bass), Jon Marc Ryan Dale (drums)


Composed by David Fox, Bruce Eisenbeil, Pat Lawrence & Jon Marc Ryan Dale


Recorded: April 15, 2008


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

I've never before heard a Hohner Clavinet teamed with a guitar that has Derek Bailey mannerisms, but given the frenetic way Dave Fox and Bruce Eisenbeil perilously chase notes together, melody be damned, it's a marvelous idea that was long overdue. Later on Eisenbeil coaxes nefarious acid-blues fuzz tones from his axe as Fox's swirling Fender Rhodes lurks in the background. Combine that with Pat Lawrence and Jon Marc Ryan Dale playing unrestrained to time, and the scene unfolds like Sonny Sharrock fronting Pink Floyd hopped up on amphetamines.

The group improvisation slyly titled "Of All The Tapas Bars In The World …" doesn't pretend to have much structure. Rather, it's fueled by a combustible mixture of tonality—or should I say atonality?—and gobs of attitude.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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