Mike Mainieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet: The Same New Story


The Same New Story


Mike Mainieri (vibes) and Marnix Busstra (guitar)


Twelve Pieces (NYC 6038)

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Mike Mainieri (vibes), Marnix Busstra (guitar),

Eric Van Der Westen (bass), Pieter Bast (drums)


Composed by Marnix Busstra


Recorded: Mol, Belgium, July 10-12, 2006


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Mike Mainieri has been a major force in fusion since the early 1980s when he co-founded Steps Ahead. On this recording with Netherlands-based guitarist Marnix Busstra, Mainieri takes an acoustic, organic approach to the music. The compositions on this CD, mostly by Busstra, offer a variety of styles and interesting instrumentation.

“The Same New Story” has a beguiling and sensitive melody played by Busstra on acoustic guitar, as Mainieri dances elegantly behind him with on vibraphone. Using the sustained bass notes of Eric Van Der Westen and the soft brushwork of Pieter Bast, this floating piece temporarily suspends reality. Busstra’s light and airy fingering is delicate and emotional. Mainieri’s solo hovers over the lazily sauntering rhythm like a balsa wood glider floating on air. Together, these four artists create a mood that allows the listener to momentary escape into a state of calm and tranquility.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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