While there's no denying the astounding chops of these musicians -- augmented by Oliver Wells on keyboards and Derek Trucks on slide guitar -- the overall effect is more appealing to budding fret-shredders than the casual listener. Fireworks abound on every track as the trio locks in and simultaneously explodes in a frantic eruption of notes, riffs and jaw-dropping solos. Some tunes have vague boundaries and the players' gleefully eclectic approach -- from minor-key free jazz to straight-ahead and from shuffling funk to thunderous rock -- keeps the mood shifting.
But like many similarly styled hi-wattage jams, a little goes a long way. Forty minutes into the album, while the lightning-fingered Herring struts his stuff on the Zappa-esque "Separated Gestures," the style-over-substance credo kicks in and it's time for a breather.
Aspiring jittery musicians who eat this stuff for breakfast will drool over every lick and cranny with appropriate awe for the undeniably dazzling technical proficiency displayed. For non-wankers, though, the name of the band might more appropriately be Project ZZZZZZZ.
Project Z plays the Roxy Sat., June 2.
Killin it. So damn sexy
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…