Die-A-Tribe

Albatross

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Die A Tribe throws down a cutting-edge cool, jazzy-rock fusion, alterna-funked, cerebral groove. This is a fine blend of many genres, crossing over effortlessly back and forth-staying tight instrumentally everywhere. I hear Holdsworthian soaring and blue-white hot guitar. Bass work is comparable to Jeff Berlin or Sting. Changeups and rhythms call to mind Bruford's Feels Good To Me or the peppy bounce of the Police on Ghost In the Machine. Todd Taylor is solid on keeping the rhythms afire. Ginny Simmons' vocals echo the forceful grace of Laura Martin of Finneus Gauge, the sultry, passion-fired croonings of The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and even the bombastic, speak-sing of Annette Peacock of Bruford. Harmonies are strong, compositions interesting, and flowing. Instrumental portions versus vocals are balanced just right. Thirteen songs are offered from the places where great jazz fusion and solid rock from the heart shine forever-far, far beyond the pale ghosts of mainstream.

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