Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Ian Patterson
According to guitarist Scott Henderson, Tribal Tech never broke up; the band's work simply halted in 2000 when bassist Gary Willis moved to Spain. Henderson, keyboardist Scott Kinsey and drummer Kirk Covington continued to play in each others' respective projects in the following years. The first whispers of reunion came in 2009, and subsequently gathered force. Finally, a year after re-locking horns in thirty improvised jams and twelve years since Rocket Science (Tone Center, 2000), the doyens of modern fusion return with X, an energetic set of memorable tunes and wonderful individual and collective playing.
Though born of jams, there's significant post-production composition on most tracks. In this sense, the construction of the music follows in the footsteps of trumpeter Miles Davis and producer/composer Teo Macero, though on X, Tribal Tech certainly calls the changes with more frequency than Davis did on Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). The grooving jazz-rock of "Let's Get Swung" is most evocative of Davis circa Jack Johnson (Columbia, 1971), though ironically, it's the most organic of the lot - a burning jam that could have run and run. ... read more...
All About Jazz - John Kelman
It's been more than ten years since Tribal Tech's last release, and if this uncompromising fusion group was beginning to show signs of wear and tear by the time of Rocket Science (ESC, 2000), its return to recording proves that sometimes a hiatus can be a healthy thing. After working through a number of personnel shifts, guitarist Scott Henderson and bassist Gary Willis - who introduced the group with Spears (Passport, 1985), releasing eight more albums and one compilation between 1986 and 2000 - finally found the perfect collaborators in keyboardist Scott Kinsey and drummer Kirk Covington by 1992's Illicit (Mesa/Blue Moon, 1992). It's this seminal incarnation that returns for X, and the result rivals TT's criminally out-of-print Tribal Tech (Relativity, 1991) as its finest hour. ... read more...
Personnel: Scott Henderson (guitar); Scott Kinsey (keyboards); Kirk Covington (drums).
Audio Mixer: Scott Kinsey .
Recording information: SKG Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Steve Tavaglione.