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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Scott Henderson - Karnevel! - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release Karnevel!, from Scott Henderson and I really like it. Opening with title track, Karnevel! Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul) on guitar take off on his next adventure playing lead guitar and writing, joined by Romain Labaye on bass and Archibald Ligonniere on drums. With a driving bass line and tight drum rhythms, Henderson is free to play fluid, melodic lead lines. Strong opener. Covid Vaccination has a really funky fusion feel led by Ligonniere and punched by Labaye. Henderson never misses a note and his feel is masterful. High energy, Sky Coaster, opens with a frenzied drum rhythm by Ligonniere and quickly anchored by Labaye on bass. Henderson soars on lead guitar over synth chords before erupting into a bombastic fusion with Ligonniere. Labaye gets a real opening to show his stuff on bass and doesn't waste a note. Bilge Rat really has a lot of appeal with it's strong rock foundation and it's blues influenced note bending. Outright explosive phrases by the trio really makes you sit up and listen. Elongated guitar solos with expressive single tone variations bring to mind some of my man Jeff Beck's later work. Yes, this is off the hook. Wrapping the release is Carnies' Time with it's jagged time signature and Henderson playing dual lead lines over an aggressive bass line by Labaye and tightly controlled snare/cymbal rhythm by Ligonniere. Excellent closer for a really exciting release. 

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