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Dominic Gaudious

Dominic Didgeridoo Express

Review by Gary Hill

The didgeridoo is an instrument developed by the native Aborigines of Australia. Dominic Gaudious plays the instrument. The wind instrument has not really gotten a lot of respect, or at least use in popular music over the years. This disc just might change that. Gaudious and company have given us an album that has a great progressive rock and fusion sound with the didgeridoo as a central (but not always dominant) instrument. This set is entertaining, accessible and just plain great. Gaudious’ musical cohorts on this disc include drummer Gregg Bissonette, and bassists Stu Hamm and Tony Franklin.

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Track by Track Review
All Aboard
This a short jam that combines psychedelia, fusion and more. It’s cool stuff.
Wild Man
I love the fusion groove on this thing. It’s a smoking hot instrumental with some space rock in the mix. There are definitely some Middle Eastern elements as this thing continues.
I Wanna Play the Didgeridoo
This fun little jam includes some vocals. It’s more of a fusion meets lounge number.
Space & Time
There’s a lot more of a guitar hero kind of vibe to this scorching hot jam.
Italy to France
The female vocals on this (Michelle Amato) make me think of epic metal. This is a powerhouse progressive rock number that’s definitely one of the highlights of the set.
Hippie Dance Music
I love the killer, proggy rocking groove on this thing. It’s riff driven and very tasty. It’s another strong cut on a disc that’s full of strong music. 
Big Bowl of Jello
I love the funky element to this. This is very much a fusion meets prog type of number. It’s also another killer. Everyone manages to get a chance to shine on this. There are some guitar bits that make me think of Trevor Rabin a bit.
Northern Territory
The didgeridoo opens this and holds it for a while. The other instruments enter tentatively after a while and this becomes a very proggy jam. It gets incredibly powerful as it continues.
Feeling Really Good
The vocals that start this make me think of psychedelic rock. The instrumental work that comes in reinforces that. Eventually, though, this moves out to a more mainstream rock sound. Sure, it’s still got enough progressive rock in the mix to keep it interesting, though.
Rubber Tree
A bit mellower, this prog rocker has a lot of space music built into it. It’s another killer instrumental. I love the bass work on it.
Still Seeking You
The multiple layers of female vocals add a lot to this piece. Overall, though, it’s another powerhouse progressive rock number.
Adrenal Fatigue
I love this instrumental. It’s got a melodic prog element along with some space rock and more.
End of the Line
This jam is fairly short and quite fun.
 
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