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Gerald Gradwohl Group: Episode 6

Guitarist Gerald Gradwohl is a new name for me although he has been quite prolific, both as a solo artist and having worked with Tangerine Dream, both live and in the studio. His new album is titled Episode 6 where the guitarist is joined by Harald Tanschek (drums), Thomas Kugi (tenor saxophone) and Jojo Lackner (bass). These musicians are at the top of their game as Episode 6 is a compelling listen venturing mostly within the fusion genre with elements of metal, jazz, funk and blues. Gradwohl’s guitar work is all over the disc offering fantastic riffs and scintillating solos, often with an eclectic edge and alternating between compositional and improvisational forms. For your metal fix try the first track “Viking” where chunky Metallica-like riffs inundate the song’s short one minute running time. With “Let’s Talk” the funky bass lines and heated muted guitar, off kilter rhythmic displays, and sax and guitar trading solo spots makes for some blistering instrumental fusion while “K-Log” features a catchy repeating guitar riff, free flowing change ups and melodic saxophone. Gradwohl’s guitar work morphs between shred-like intensity and free form fusion.

With repeated listens, the album continues to reveal outstanding musicianship and creativity, always maintaining a high level of interest. As such, Episode 6 is easily recommended to all fans of guitar driven rock and fusion.

Track Listing:
1. Viking (0:59)
2. Let’s Talk (4:39)
3. K-Log (7:56)
4. Longing For Home (7:04)
5. The Essence Of Time (7:16)
6. Jabo (7:31)
7. What’s On Your Mind? (7:11)
8. Positive Grid (7:27)

Added: July 6th 2021
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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