Ultra Zone

Ultra Zone

by Steve Vai
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Considering that Steve Vai has been on the cutting edge of rock guitar-playing since he was a teenager working with Frank Zappa, you might expect him to embrace the skittery beats and syncopated rhythms of drum 'n' bass the way Jeff Beck did on his recent release, WHO ELSE? But Vai has never been a follower, andSee more details below

Overview

Considering that Steve Vai has been on the cutting edge of rock guitar-playing since he was a teenager working with Frank Zappa, you might expect him to embrace the skittery beats and syncopated rhythms of drum 'n' bass the way Jeff Beck did on his recent release, WHO ELSE? But Vai has never been a follower, and while he does experiment with the occasional electronic beat on his new album, THE ULTRA ZONE, he does so merely to add flavor to his uncanny guitar sounds. Throughout the disc, Vai explores euphonious melodies ("Frank," "Lucky Charms"), Middle Eastern hooks ("The Blood and the Tears"), avant-jazz passages ("OOOO"), sheer metallic trailblazing ("Jibboom") and otherworldly guitar exhortations ("Voodoo Acid") like no performer on the guitar-god circuit. He's at his best when performing without vocal accompaniment (which mars four songs) and instead demonstrating once again why Zappa dubbed him the master of "impossible guitar parts."

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
This album contains two tributes to two other stellar guitarists. One of those is "Jiboom," which pays homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan, while "Frank" remembers Frank Zappa. Vai saw his career begin as a teenage stunt guitarist for Frank Zappa. Later, Mike Keneally performed the same role in a band backing Zappa. For this album, Keneally toured in Vai's band, but plays keyboards on the album. It is an amazing exhibition of six-string talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646981726
catalogNumber:
69817

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Vai   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Musician
Bryan Beller   Bass
Duane Benjamin   Trombone
Andy Cleaves   Trumpet
Mike Keneally   Keyboards
Mike Mangini   Drums
Philip Bynoe   Bass
Robin Dimaggio   Drums
Takashi Matsumoto   Guitar
Koshi Inaba   Vocals
Niels Nielson   Sampling

Technical Credits

Steve Vai   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Manuel Gomes   Engineer
Rina Bucollo   Engineer
Michael Lopez   Engineer
Niels Bye Nielsen   Orchestration
Marcelo Gomes   Engineer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >