Craig Huxley

Quantum Mechanix

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Craig Huxley, the man who gave the world the Blaster Beam and the music for the Genesis sequence of Star Trek II, here tries to meld the worlds of synthesizer music and hard jazz, resulting in an album filled with uncomfortable thumping textures, squirting saxes, and strange rhythms. It's all very well played, but sounds for all the world as though the disparate players couldn't quite mesh that day. There are some nice moments, mostly involving solo performance from Huxley, in a quieter mood, as with the final track, "The Light at the End of the Tunnel," but overall it's crunch time. This is a more understandable album than the Genesis Project, but that's about the best that can be said.

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