Lenny White Venusian Summer
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It's the kind of imagery that I would like to paint on the side of my van cum love-mobile. It has wall-to-wall carpeting by the way -- I better stop this train of thought now before this review, I use the term loosely, gets completely off the wall and I get put Lenny White Venusian Summer against the wall.
Lenny White is the drummer who played on the seminal album by Miles Davis, "Bitches Brew", and also played on the most excellent, musically better than "Bitches Brew" in my opinion, "Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard.
He also performed on Eddie Henderson's masterpiece, and I believe one of the greatest albums in JRF, "Realization" which is what initially drew me to explore Lenny White albums. This album and "Adventures of Astral Pirates" are my favourites under his name. What particularly makes this album special is the "Venusian Summer Suite", and how sweet it is! It ranks amongst my favourite pieces of music in the jazz-rock universe, and this is the heart of the album.
It starts off in an electronic, cosmic, and beautiful manner that is reminiscent of western art music composers such as Holst and Debussy in fact, I thought I recognised the specific theme -- maybe not that original but still so wonderful. It is very much a Dr. Patrick Gleeson slice and it is his contribution that makes the opening so superb. It transitions fantastically into stirring, exciting, exhilarating now I'm being really exasperating jazz-funk. If the whole album was up to the standards of the "Venusian Summer Suite" this album would get Lenny White Venusian Summer five from me.
It's not, but there is more to get pretty excited about. Pretty standard bluesy jazz-rock and rather boring for me. If you like electric guitar-oriented music and pretty bog-standard blues and rock-and-roll, this might hold considerable appeal. I still find it fun, but while these these pieces have their moments, I have tended to skip them.
Still, it presents another side to the music and gives contrast, so as part of the album package, it makes the album better.
Erm, sort of. Still, not the greatest start for an album for me. Of course things soon improve with the 'suite' that follows. It's reminiscent of Tangerine Dream and ilk also hear such forays with Art Zoyd and Patricia Dallio's electronic work.
Still, a damned fine "rockin" piece with enough jazz-funk to satisfy. Hardly a favourite track in jazz-rock fusion, but well-done. I wish it had more of an experimental edge, but very Lenny White Venusian Summer never-the-less for what it is. I do wish it had more subtlety; however, it is still an excellent piece of jazz-rock and definitely enjoyable for me. I expect this would be the highlight of the album for quite a few.
If you love Al Di Meola's electric guitar style, and like shredding or whatever you'd call this guitar-style.
This is the track I'd recommend to those into power metal and guitar hero music since the guitar style is reminiscent of shredding and hints of Eddie van Halen et cetera. Just for the "Venusian Summer Suite" alone I think this is pretty essential. Lenny White Venusian Summer for me include guitar-work which is just not altogether my style Coryell does good work on this, but Jakob Ullmann Voice Books And FIRE 3 feel like Al Di Meola is not that 'elegant' here.
The highlights include the electronics, great jazz-funk, and fine keyboard work. On the whole I prefer "Astral Pirates," but this has such great music included that this Lenny White Venusian Summer Prince Of Denmark To The Fifty Engineers most essential work I've Lenny White Venusian Summer from Lenny White's self-named albums.
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