brian peters & paul wertico
& paul wertico: ampersand
(2007, cd, usa, hat howl ricords rh0001)
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Last week, Brian Peters' and Paul Wertico's "Ampersand" jumped into my CD player...
"Ampersand" kicks off with 'Sinking Of The Zenobia'. After a quick google search, I found out that the Zenobia is a world-famous ship-wreck somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea. I would have thought that the sinking of the Zenobia would be considered a disaster, but according to Brian Peters and Paul Wertico, it must have been a rather psychedelic happening. 'Sinking Of The Zenobia' almost made me float…
'The Tundra' is more up my alley: a two chord vamp with a fine laid-back
zappa-esque guitar solo. This is without question one of the better tracks of
the album. Excellent!!
'November Frontlines' slows things down a bit again, and toys around a bit with 'Amazing Grace', and it makes a great intro for 'Crayfish', the fourth track on the album.
'Crayfish' goes for the more jazzy approach. Another excellent instrumental track.
Most of the tracks on "Ampersand" are over five minutes long. 'Wormwood' even spans 8 minutes. Is this a fretless bass guitar? It sure sounds like one. It's my favourite track!!
The album continues with the experimental 'Boolean Mortality', the dynamic '& Hearts", 'Halyard', and more.
"Ampersand" is a very impressive, instrumental, guitar-orientated album. Paul Wertico (drums) and Brian Peters (everything else) sound like they have been playing together for ages. The album title fits the package, or the other way round, if you prefer.
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