I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky, from Chuck Wright and it’s quite interesting. Opening with instrumental, The Weight of Silence, bassist Chuck Wright (ex Alice Cooper, Slash, Greg Allman, Quiet Riot) has a cool release on his hands. Featuring Allen Hinds with some soaring guitar lead, and backed by Luis Villegas on acoustic guitar, Ed Roth on B3, Tim Janssens on keys, Tom Hatziemanouel on electric guitar, and Scott Breadman on percussion, this is a super opener. Army of Me is a great track with an infectious bass line by Wright, reminiscent of lines by Rhonda Smith and Tal Wilkenfeld of Jeff Beck fame. This driving bass line and the slap drumming by Griffin by set a perfect stage for vocalist, Whitney Tai, backed by Hatziemanouel, Walter Ino on Rhodes piano and Tim Janssens on synth. Excellent! Funk rocker, It Never Fails really has a great sound with a stiff drum line by Pat Torpey coupled with Wrights bass work and the screaming guitar work of Scotti Hill. Filling the band is Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocal, Eric Martin on backing vocal, Lanny Cordola on guitars, Jude Gold on lead guitar fills, Dave Schulz on clavinet and B3, Allen Moreno on lap steel and Dale Edward Chung on percussion. Farewell Horizon is a cool instrumental with lead melody by Toshi Yanagi on guitar, backed by Wright on acoustic guitar and bass, Jimmy Keegan on drums, Claudio Pesavento on moog, Koi Anuta on violin, Katja Rieckermann on bari sax and Griffin on percussion. Wrapping the release is a reprise of The Weight of Silence with an interesting arrangement featuring Wright on bass, keys and guitar, Derek Sherinian on mellotron, moog and Theremin, Ben Woods on flamenco guitar, Walter Ino on acoustic guitar and Griffin on percussion. This is a very cool release with a lot of instrumental teeth. Very nice.
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