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Dave Stryker: Shades Beyond

Two years prior to releasing a jointly led 2003 effort on Khaeon, guitarist Dave Stryker and reedist Steve Slagle were in the studio for Shades Beyond, a Stryker-led session released by Steeplechase. Along with organ and Fender Rhodes from David Berkman, Terry Burns’ electric bass and the wigged-out drum frenzies of Lenny White, all you need do is add a sense of urgency to this music and you’d have something akin to a 1968 Miles Davis session. Trivia kings will recall that White’s an old timer who in fact sat on the throne for Miles during the recording of the tune “Bitches Brew,” but despite his cred and mastery of the proto-fusion style, the rest of the band can’t bring itself to bring it, and this proves an unmoving set of eight originals by Stryker, Slagle and Berkman that chase after the Dark Prince’s vision.

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