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Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion, Three Rivers (Richman Music)
CD Reviews: March 12, 2015

03/12/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion, Three Rivers (Richman Music)

Goods is a Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame bass player whose tour credits include Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera, this after studying under legendary Blue Note guy Ron Carter in New York. The line on his original stuff would have you expecting mellower fusion a la Spyro Gyra, but what I heard here — save for funked-up ballad appearances from singers Shayna Steele and Sy Smith (“Sightless Bird”; “Hope She’ll Be Happier”) — was a modernized Return to Forever, not so modernized if you consider the outright hard rock workouts in the title track. Opener “Soul Glow” has a suspended-animation riff that proves he can restrain himself from going all-out Pelican-metal, but the desire is there, telling from every plonk of his Rickenbacker as well as the volatile sounds of guitarist Ben Butler, a real treasure who punches up every guitar sound from Al di Meloa to Blue Oyster Cult on that one track alone. Not that this is a repressed metal thing, no — “Cosmic Beauty” comes off like Relayer-era Yes, and there’s a wildly complicated version of Tears for Fears’s “Shout” that makes for a great knuckler. A- Eric W. Saeger





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