Monday, November 22, 2010
"The Glenious Inner Planet" is a Very Cool Place
Electric Bassist Glen Ackerman is on to something good with his band and new CD, both titled The Glenious Inner Planet (Blue Bamboo Music 016). This is the not-stupid sort of fusion. It has the rock aspect with some sophistication and brightness to the compositions, which are by Glen (except for a nice version of Brubeck's "Blue Rondo"). Woody Witt puts in good solo time on reeds, Paul Chester sounds good on guitar, Ted Wenglinski gives us some nice electric piano, and either JD Guzman or Joel Fulgum occupy the drum throne with the properly driving sensibilities.
This is Glen Ackerman's album though, so you get his vision up front: some nice bass solos and a post-Return-to-Forever perspective with nothing coy or cute, nothing commercially vapid. Just really solid, good fusion. I would recommend it. In fact I DO recommend it!