ARTIST:

MARTY WALSH

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

THE TOTAL PLAN

(2014)
LABEL:

GLASS ONYON

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Fusion, Groovy, Guitar-Hero, Instrumental, Jazzy, Technical
""The Total Plan" is the first solo album of Marty Walsh, a rare artist who offers, in the manner of a Lukather or a Michael Landau, a high-flying instrumental Rock Fusion."
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Another album that will be released without making any noise but that will certainly delight music lovers who, discreet as he is, won't miss this chance to put a Marty Walsh album between their ears. Outstanding guitarist (he played for a while with Supertramp), renowned producer but also assistant professor at Berklee, this musician finally takes the time to take out of the boxes a nice skewer of titles of his composition. And to accompany him forcefully, he invited his friends from Berklee and others from the East to the West Coast. From the rhythm section to the keyboards, from the sax to the trumpets, each one of them shines with an obvious talent, the most famous of them being probably Billy Sherwood (Yes), John Pena (a faithful friend of Lukather), Abe Laboriel or Nick Manson.

Totally instrumental and timeless, cherishing a high-flying Jazz Rock Fusion, "The Total Plan" happily flirts with FM Rock, Soul, Funk and Prog' all along these ten tracks which, even if they don't revolutionize anything (if you like the fusion period of Jeff Beck, Lukather, Larry Carlton or Michael Landau you'll be here in a familiar train), will do you the greatest good!

Supported by Nick Manson's spatial keyboards, 'Like A Rock' opens the ball with tunes à la Joe Satriani. The level is there, the atmosphere too, it's aerial and finely executed. Billy Sherwood comes with his metronomic bass on a sunny 'Feeling Free' with a very long guitar solo, John Pena brings the necessary jazzy side to the 'Groove Mechanics' with a very Lukather-like paw, as well as on the exotic 'Fuel' which gets its originality from the constant duel between the flights of Paul Jefferson's Sax and the Master of Ceremonies' guitar.

In this album with a more than appropriate title, Walsh aims wide and takes us from one track to another in very different universes without ever losing the thread. Thus the softness of a 'Coast To Coast' rich in copper or an 'Inside The Rain' is next to an electric 'The Duke' with the sounds of very 80's guitars rich in flanger and hammond or a more nebulous 'Back Pages' enhanced by a "steel drum" keyboards.  Only the finale 'Now Is The Time', very close to an American movie end credits from the 80's sounds strangely dated and hollow. 

Marty Walsh plays here on his favorite field and offers a sufficiently varied content to make this instrumental exercise a great success, coherent and not at all boring. 


More informations on http://www.martywalsh.com/



SIMILAR BANDS:
STEVE LUKATHER

TRACK LISTING:
01. Like A Rock
02. Feeling Free
03. Groove Mechanics
04. Fuel
05. Coast To Coast
06. Inside The Rain
07. The Duke
08. The Road
09. Back Pages
10. Now Is The Time

LINEUP:
Abe Laboriel,: Basse
Billy Sherwood: Guitares / Basse
John Pena: Basse / Batterie
John Robinson: Batterie
Marty Walsh:
Nick Manson: Claviers
   
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