Fiji Mariners


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Cultishly adored fusion rockers Col. Bruce Hampton (guitar) and Dr. Dan Matrazzo (keyboards) form the genius kernel of the Fiji Mariners. The Mariners definitely draw outside the lines. Bold-stroked and adventurously hued, the Hampton-Matrazzo palette is a bright and stunning blues or jazz melody splashed onto a background canvas of strong rock and jazz rhythms. This live album details and documents the Atlanta quartet's audacious, witty, and skilled brand of music. Nearly every other track ("The Mariner," "Spider," and "Earth") of this nine-track album (comprising just over an hour's worth of music) heats it up with a base in volcanic funk. Monstrously impressive, the Fiji Mariners boast having the chops to be musicians' musicians and the entertaining showmanship to truly move any fan of manifold sonic exploration. When a group's own set list becomes merely a point of departure to something greater, it is only the live album that becomes a true artifact of that group's vision.

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