The veteran Atlanta drummer/bandleader (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jonas Hellborg) fronts his head-turning new Southern fuze unit, with nimble neophytes Taylor Lee on 6-string bass and Mike Seal on guitar. The trio’s ability to burn white-hot (even on a low flame, thanks to Seal’s clean guitar sound), coupled with turn-on-a-dime tendencies, makes for a searing set. Throughout, and especially on his three compositions “Alberta,” “Banana Pudding,” and “Lightening Man,” Lee doubles and harmonizes melodies, delivers taut plucked and slapped boogie grooves, and soars via dense chordal bursts and neck-spanning solos.
CD Review: Tony Grey "Elevation"
For his fourth solo outing, Tony Grey—whose mastery of the 6-string ranges from effortless neck-scaling solo flights to panoramic collages of chordal melodies, loops, and effects—shares the spotlight with seven 6-stringers of another kind: guitarists John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, David Fiuzynski, Reb Beach, Nir Felder, Fabrizio Sotti, and Tomayasu Hotei (aided by the supple stickwork of David Throckmorton on all but one track).