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Chris Haskett

Insufficient Necessities

Review by Gary Hill

While Chris Hackett is probably best known as the guitarist in the Rollins Band, this new set is proggy, in the vein of people like Joe Satriani. Of course, it should be noted that Haskett has worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to Tool and more. This is just four songs, running a bit less than 20-minutes. It's all instrumental and quite classy.

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Track by Track Review
Dodge 'Em
A cool guitar riff opens this thing. The cut grows outward with a tastefully off-kilter jam. It grows outward a bit later with percussion bringing another angle to it. This has a lot of funk and plenty of fusion built into it. It shifts toward some almost metallic zones at pointes, too.
Ivy City
Fusion and almost King Crimson-like prog merge with more of a mainstream rock sound on this thing. It's a particularly classy instrumental number.
Some guitar god stuff like Satriani is on display here. The cut has plenty of rock music mixed with the fusion. It's a killer rocking number.
Going Back
There is a cool rock and roll groove to the fusion on display here. This is arguably the most "fun" piece here. it has some killer guitar work built into it. At least, all that is true of the first half. A bit of a false ending gives way to a harder rocking and powerful jam that takes over the second movement here.
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