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Nine Short Films

Nine Short Films

2.7 4
by Terry Bozzio
The two musicians featured on this album, Terry Bozzio and Billy Sheehan, have been featured on over 100 albums. That is a pretty remarkable accomplishment, and one that would lead to high expectations for the quality of the disc. Well, Bozzio and Sheehan sure know how to deliver, and not in a generic and expected way either. They have produced an album that really

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Nine Short Films 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terry Bozzio is a talented and insightful percussionist. I have enjoyed his various collaborations a including the Bozzio, Levin, Stephens albums of late, and even local drum clinics complete with reasons he is moving toward non commercial oriented accompaniment and percussion as orchestration. What I didn’t enjoy was the vocals on 9 Short Stories. I had to nip each song in the bud within seconds of feeding it into my car’s player. I wasn’t 2 miles from the store when I reached the end of the CD. I gave the lyrics a second chance because sometimes songs have a way of growing on you. I heard a message of death and rot, of godlessness and no hope. I am not pounding on a pulpit here. What I got out of the songs did not represent my image of progressive/rock/jazz/ or whatever the classification of instrumental music I have come to expect from Mr. Bozzio.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are willing forget about your preconcieved tags of this two musicians (prog rock - art rock - etc.) You should enjoy this album a lot. Give it a try. Not so often you get a chance to listen to two of the most acomplished musicians in the history of rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I play this cd every month or so thinking that I've missed the main ingredient that makes me say Oh, there it is! But every time I fail to find the moment. Billy's bass is absolutly buried somewhere in production. You can hear it at times between all the screeches and thumps but not the way I want to. Terry's drumming talent is lost in his efforts to recreate some kind of oppressive demon of Zappa. The vocals sound like the Son of Central Scrutinizer. After falling in love with Bozzio's work on UK's Danger Money and Sheehan's work with Talas, Roth and Mr. Big, maybe I was expecting too much. As a bassist myself I was giddy the day I bought this cd. In my mind, this should have been the most deft, whoopazz rhythm section offering since Peart/Lee or Levin/Gadd. Boy, was I wrong. This cd is most definatly for the 1% out there that get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Should be 4.5 stars. This is an exceptional work that doesn't so much cross boundries as redefines them. Ethereal and edgy, with dark vocals (in delivary and content) and extreme displays of musicianship...displays that are not a product of show-boating, but of digging in to find the perfect sound. Yes, the work is atmospheric (which some may not dig), but it is also classic Bozzio & Sheehan. Possibly a small step below Bozzio's solo work and Sheehan's "Compression" & work with Vai, but only a small step. I highly recommend it.