F-i-u-c-z-y-n-s-k-i's "Last Trane" is, of course, an homage to John Coltrane. Nobody sounds quite like F-i-u-c-z-y-n-s-k-i on guitar. The fact that he plays several uniquely built and sounding guitars makes this even more so. But on this cut he plays a normal fretted neck and uses a whammy bar to slur the notes. The tune is a slow power ballad. The melody, played over a dramatically less speedy and reworked "Giant Steps" chord progression, has an eerie "Naima"-like vibe. Lavitz takes a solo turn on organ. The band drops a few final depth charges to the bottom of Boston Harbor to finish off their anti-tax protest.
If you exchange F-i-u-c-z-y-n-s-k-i's guitar for a saxophone and make him John Coltrane, one can easily envision these guys hanging out at Trane's house jamming away. Chambers would be Elvin Jones. Jeff Berlin would be Reggie Workman. T would be Larry Young. Or we could go another apt metaphorical route. T Lavitz could be Sam Adams, etc.
April 04, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: reviews by a massachusetts resident
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