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Quinn Sternberg

Walking On Eggshells

Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed another set from Quinn Sternberg. Like that one, this lands under prog because it's essentially fusion. I think this might be the stronger disc of the two, but they are both great. As I mentioned in the other review, since Sternberg plays bass, you might expect that that instrument would be using up most of the spotlight. That's not true at all. Sternberg finds some opportunities to shine, but overall this is always about the music as a whole, rather than one performer's work.

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Track by Track Review
Walking On Eggshells
The title track (and the album) start with piano. The cut works out from there to some classy jazz grooves. This builds out and really gets into some powerful territory before it's over.
Inferiority Complex
While this gets going as more mainstream jazz, it shifts dramatically turning toward more experimental fusion jamming as it continues. As strong as the opener was, this leaves it in the dust. It's just such a powerful and unexpected musical exploration.
Green Eyed Baby
This is another powerhouse, fusion-styled number. While everyone shines on this thing, there is some particularly strong bass and guitar work built into it.
While this is mellower, it's no less rich and powerful. It's a slow moving cut with plenty of magic built into it.
Yuri Gagarin
The percussion has some unusual and powerful moments along the ride here. This gets into some suitably soaring jamming. This covers both mainstream and fusion jazz concepts.
Meadow's Murmur
I really love the guitar work on this thing. It's such a strong number that gradually builds in intensity as it continues marching forward.
Melting Clock
There is some great shifts and turns along the road on this number. The cut is expansive, experimental and effective.
Piano brings this in. The cut builds slowly from there. This thing gets into some pretty tastefully chaotic fusion territory before it's over. It's another strong entry on a disc full of great material.
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