It was an awesome funkdown. I love how Iridium doesn't tend to do much straight-ahead, mellow stuff. This band didn't just get funky, they were just always up and fun and T A L E N T E D! They did a lot of David's tunes and a lot of Medeski's tunes he composed to play with David. I love seeing Medeski again in the span of one week. Anything he touches is fantastic. The bass and drums were awesome. Of course Rudresh is another always great cat. I am incredibly impressed with David. How does he do that? You have to see it.
David Fiuczynski Group w/special guest John Medeski; Rudresh Mahanthappa, Skoota Warner; David Ginyard
Iconoclastic and prolific guitarist David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynski (of Screaming Headless Torsos), a jazz player who “doesn’t want to play just jazz”, has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver music that is unclassifiable, challenging and invigorating.
In 1994 David, in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark CD, “Lunar Crush”, which was chosen by Guitar Player’s 30th Anniversary Edition as a “Disc of Destiny”. A funky, freaky party, 'Lunar Crush' was a wild 90’s tribute to Tony William’s groundbreaking early-fusion band “Lifetime”.
On Dec 9-12 David and John will perform music from 'KiF Express' and 'Lunar Crush.' KiF Express delves into a fresh palette of other-worldly sounds using traditional melodic elements of Arabia, Asia, India and Eastern-Europe with Fuze’s signature brand of highly funky jams.
Ranging from rocked-out madness to drum 'n bass, gogo to plaintive meditations, Fuze’s wild guitar palette moves from high energy extravaganzas to moving, emotional ballads.
David leads the underground cult band Screaming Headless Torsos and has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Dennis Chambers, Hasidic New Wave, Vinnie Colaiuta, Christian McBride, Hiromi, Cindy Blackman, Bernie Worrell, John Zorn, Vernon Reid and many more.
Special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto sax is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today. Rudresh has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and has fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision. His recent release for Pi Recordings Kinsmen featuring Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath (September 25, 2008) was named one of the Top Jazz CDs of 2008 by over 20 news sources including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, Boston Globe, slate.com, JazzTimes, and the Village Voice to name just a few. He has worked with such luminaries like David Murray, Steve Coleman, Jack DeJohnette, Samir Chatterjee, Vijay Iyer, Howard Levy, David Liebman, Greg Osby, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Rounding out the band is an exceptionally funky and greasy rhythm section Skoota Warner on drums (Santana, Mary J Blige) and David Ginyard on bass (currently playing RnB super star Estelle).