Fusion/progressive rock guitar hero Tony MacAlpine brings his classical training to the forefront during his piano recital of Chopin's "Etude Nr. 8 Op, 10." However, the first nine pieces bear little or no resemblance to Chopin, via the guitarist's high-flying approach to rock, although he does incorporate a few classical-like maneuvers into his kinetic repertoire. Simply put, MacAlpine possesses enormous chops! Here, the leader utilizes the laudable talents of all-world drummer Steve Smith and bassist Barry Sparks for a set brimming with tricky time changes and pulsating rhythms amid all of the fireworks and good-natured fun. MacAlpine's turbo mode methodology, along with Smith's double bass drum techniques and polyrhythmic fills, should generate more than enough excitement for the average rock fan. Yet, this 2001 release is perhaps less fusion-based then the artist's recent work with the trio known as CAB, featuring drummer Dennis Chambers and bassist Bunny Brunel. Nonetheless, these intricately devised and altogether supercharged works provide the willing listener with a comprehensive panorama of MacAlpine's distinctly fabricated craft.
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AllMusic Review by Glenn Astarita