Although he's primarily known as a heavy metal shredder, guitarist Greg Howe can pretty much adapt to any style thrown his way -- including jazz fusion. And this is precisely the style that is featured throughout 2003's Extraction, which saw Howe joined by such top-notch instrumentalists as Victor Wooten on bass and Dennis Chambers on drums (as well as David Cook on keys). Longtime fans of Howe who are hoping for at least a glimpse of his hard rock roots are out of luck here, as the tunes often recall the carefree fusion days of the 1970s, when such artists as Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke, and Al di Meola were consistently giving a clinic with chops-heavy tunes. As far as modern-day fusion goes, Extraction is pretty darn consistent from front to back, as evidenced by such uptempo ditties as "Extraction" and "Crack It Way Open," as well as more tranquil moments like "Tease" and "Ease Up." Howe, Wooten, and Chambers have certainly succeeded in summoning up a heavy '70s vibe throughout Extraction, and as a result, the album wouldn't sound out of place played between School Days and Where Have I Known You Before.
Performance CreditsGreg Howe Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Guitar
Dennis Chambers Drums
John Grant Drums
Victor Wooten Bass,Bass Guitar
Dave Cook Keyboards,Soloist
Technical CreditsGreg Howe Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mark Gifford Drum Engineering
Alan Pasqua Composer
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greg howe has quickly become one of my favorite guitarists. this cd showcases his ability to write, arrange & PERFORM jazz fusion music at a virtuoso level. you can feel the groves. the arrangements are sophisticated without going over the average listeners head. great songs & playing. a fan for life. I hope I like the next cd as much as this one.