Asaf Sirkis Trio: The Monk

Israeli-born drummer and London resident Asaf Sirkis unleashes with thunderous abandon on this hard-hitting fusion offering that harkens back to a time before the genre became codified, diluted and reduced to a critical joke. Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, a six-string shredder clearly influenced by Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin, flaunts some impressive chops on the Mahavishnu-flavored “Stoned Bird,” while special guest Gary Husband showcases his highly personalized approach to synthesizer on “Dream” and the suitelike title track. Sirkis also wields whirlwind chops on the inventive drum showcase “Without a Story.”