Monday, February 27, 2006

Album of the Day

Wicked, by the Jon Finn Group (1998): Jon Finn is a Boston-based guitarist whose four-piece group served up a tasty slice of prog-tinged instrumental rock last decade. Finn has generous technical abilities, but he avoids the wankery that so often comes with the territory. In fact, the compositions here are very strong (and show a good sense of humor, i.e. "If Stevie Ray Vaughn Went to Berklee and Studied Jazz" and the three-part "Pompous Music Suite"). My biggest gripe is that Finn and company haven't released a follow up yet. But, looking at his web site, it appears that Bull In a China Shop is being written as we speak (well, as I type and as you read). Good news!

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