High Bias

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Niacin showed a great deal of promise on its self-titled debut album of 1996, and there were no signs of the infamous sophomore slump on the fusion trio's second album, High Bias. Recalling the '70s experiments of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band, this exciting CD served as a reminder that the freedom of jazz and the intensity of rock can complement one another in a major way. Niacin must have been quite a learning experience for its bassist Billy Sheehan, whose main pre-Niacin gig had been his hard rock band Mr. Big. When he formed Niacin with organist/keyboardist John Novello and drummer extraordinaire ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Niacin showed a great deal of promise on its self-titled debut album of 1996, and there were no signs of the infamous sophomore slump on the fusion trio's second album, High Bias. Recalling the '70s experiments of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band, this exciting CD served as a reminder that the freedom of jazz and the intensity of rock can complement one another in a major way. Niacin must have been quite a learning experience for its bassist Billy Sheehan, whose main pre-Niacin gig had been his hard rock band Mr. Big. When he formed Niacin with organist/keyboardist John Novello and drummer extraordinaire Dennis Chambers in the mid-'90s, Sheehan proved that he had no problem handling jazz's complexity and challenges, and he proves it once again on everything from the urgent "Slapped Silly" and the Cuban-flavored "Montuno" to the churchy "It's the Little Things" and the cerebral "Hang Me Upside Down" a song contributed by Stretch Records co-owner and onetime RTF leader Chick Corea, who has a nice cameo on keyboards. Another high point of the CD is Weather Report's "Birdland," which Niacin approaches in a rather angular fashion. Those who like their fusion meaty and improvisatory should make a point of obtaining High Bias.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Stretch Records
  • UPC: 013431901723
  • Catalog Number: 9017
  • Sales rank: 95,181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 High Bias (6:06)
  2. 2 Birdland (6:33)
  3. 3 Slapped Silly (4:47)
  4. 4 Montuno (6:24)
  5. 5 Revenge (8:14)
  6. 6 Cool to the Touch (6:07)
  7. 7 Darkside (4:25)
  8. 8 It's the Little Things (5:25)
  9. 9 Soul Diversion (5:04)
  10. 10 Who Cares If It's Raining (4:16)
  11. 11 Hang Me Upside Down (11:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Niacin Primary Artist
John Novello Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Billy Sheehan Bass
Dennis Chambers Drums
Kenwood Dennard Drums
Alex Acuña Percussion
Chick Corea fender rhodes
Ray Griffin Drums
Pat Torpey Drums
Technical Credits
John Novello Arranger
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Ron Moss Executive Producer
Niacin Producer
Michael Faley Executive Producer
Ramón Bretón Digital Editing
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