|©1999 First World Music
Drummer Bill Rieflin is possibly best known (if known at all) for his association with Ministry. On this album, he joins forces with King Crimson mastermind Robert Fripp and his acolyte touch-guitarist Trey Gunn to create a collection of ambient and neo-post-bop-fusion-modern-funky-organ-trio jazzy instrumentals characterized by Fripp's Soundscapes washes, Trey Gunn's bass/guitar lines and Rieflin's muscular drumming. The music can be described as a mélange of Praxis, Medeski/Martin/Wood, Buckethead's ambient projects, Wayne Horvitz, Michael Shrieve, and Fripp's and Gunn's non-KC projects.
Ever-recognizable Fripp seems to be having a great time improvising very Frippian fuzz lines over Rieflin's extremely jazzy drumming on the faster numbers and is greatly helped by Gunn's all-over-the-place touch-guitar playing, which is very much his own (even though it does recall Steve Vai's more experimental explorations by instants). Slow ambient songs showcase Fripp's Soundscapes and Rieflin's panned drums, and evoke Michael Shrieve's CMP recordings with Bill Frisell, in particular Two Doors (part 2) and Fascination.
This album successfully avoids the boring sameness of most other ambient albums and it never reaches dangerous levels of jazzy meandering or unwarranted roughness. Recommended music to accompany computer programming and other reflective activities.
Review by Rog The Frog Billerey-Mosier
Review date: 06/2001