Review: Deftones - BassPlayer.com

Review: Deftones

It can’t be easy to fill the shoes of a beloved bassist like Chi Cheng, who has been semi-conscious since a car wreck in late 2008.
Author:
Publish date:

KOI NO YOKAN
[Warner Bros.]

It can’t be easy to fill the shoes of a beloved bassist like Chi Cheng, who has been semi-conscious since a car wreck in late 2008. After two albums with Deftones, however, Sergio Vega is finally sounding like he’s part of the family. Koi No Yokan rocks with more volume, complexity, and fury than 2010’s Diamond Eyes, thanks to Vega’s toothy attack (“Poltergeist”), punchy rhythmic control (“Leathers”) and fluidity with Deftone’s trademark psych-metal grooves, especially on the ever-morphing closer “What Happened to You?”

Related

Review: Ballake Sissoko "At Peace"

There’s a lushness of range to the Malian many-stringed kora that makes you forget you’re listening to one instrument, and Sissoko is a deft hand at bringing out all its nuances—especially the low end, which resonates with a surprising depth on contemplative ballads like “Boubalaka” and the cascading “Asa Branca” (featuring the plucked cello of Vincent Segal).

Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel has gone the long mile to expand the scope of collective improv, and his latest group—pianist Aaron Parks, upright bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner—sounds revvedup for the task.

Image placeholder title

CD Review: Van Morrison "Astral Weeks (Expanded & Remastered)

Sure, it’s a classic and plenty of ink has been spilled about it, but on this deluxe reissue, what emerges from Astral Weeks is how clearly you can hear Richard Davis in the mix; you literally get the sensation of his fingers moving over the strings as he coaxes a rich, earthy, and soulful tone from his upright bass.