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September 2, 2011 • Gear Bits, Music Diary

Music Diary Songs of Note: Get Ready for a New Release from the Monster Trio of Tony Levin, David Torn & Alan White!

I have written about bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin several times here at Gear Diary – regarding a 1984 concert recording, Bill Bruford’s autobiography, and in my review of Trey Gunn’s Modulator – yet his name has yet to appear in a headline. Today I finally remedy that!

I have been a huge fan of Tony Levin since first hearing him on King Crimson’s Discipline and then seeing him live on the tour supporting that record – which was 30 years ago! He has remained a strong creative voice in instrumental music and a tremendous innovator on the bass. On this recording he is joined by innovative guitarist David Torn, who is also an artist who defies easy categorization and has been a strong creative force for decades. They are joined by Alan White, who is best known for being one of the truly great drummers of rock music for his decades of work with Yes.

The short promotional video has a fun and light feel to the proceedings, but the intensity and depth of the music are what grabbed my attention – and instantly made me want to hear more. There are always many ways that a meeting of great creative musicians can go, but from all accounts this looks like it will be a tremendously creative and intense recording.

Here is the intro video:

You can head to their web site for more info and to pre-order the CD due out on September 13th!

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