Silent Extinction Beyond the Zero

Jon Durant

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Silent Extinction Beyond the Zero Review

by John W. Patterson

If you like David Torn, Michael Brook, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Eno, Steve Tibbetts, Steve Hackett each at their infinite guitar, textural guitar, "cloud guitar," guitar soundscaping, reverby, echo delay, loops, sustainesque best...then Jon Durant is for you. The nine tracks are atmospheric, upbeat Levin/Manring jazzy, Torn funky, Brook spaced and Eno visioned masterpieces. This is the BEST collection of this type of guitar work I have ever heard. This guitarist, in this vein, is never overdone, not caustic or vapid, not repetitive nor too "out there." Call it a Windham Hill or OM feel to it or that Mark Isham sensitivity as in his Vapor Drawings -- I can't quite coin the phrase, but the gestalt, the ambience, is warm but stainless steel sheen. My favorite fusion-edged, "Dance of Maya"-like song is "Danger Boy," which rocks and screams endlessly down the twisted, tortured corridors of Durant's mind. He can do a whole album of jams like this. His playing is solid, ripping, sailing through, bizarre scales and then floating off on quicksilver seas only to come back like hornets on a mission of no mercy.

Tony Levin on bass and stick, Vinny Sabatino on drums and percussives, with Harrison Durant on vocal assertion guest here and there on mainly a one-man offering that will stand the test of time. Thanks, Jon, for jumping into the fray. Extreme, high recommendations on this one!

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