A.J. Love

Interplanetary Funk

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Guitarist A.J. Love is joined here by saxophonist Hanah Jon Taylor of the Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), bassist Jeff Eckels, and drummer Gerald Williams. The album is fairly short, clocking in at just under half an hour, and focuses on compact, guitar-driven fusion. Love seems to be a decent enough player, though Interplanetary Funk hardly finds him delivering much in the way of nuance. His thick distorted tone is nice, but his playing and presentation seem to be lacking in the way of taste (such as his choice of effects on "Tears for Earth" and the perfunctory funk reading of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"). Only Taylor comes out ahead.

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