For guitar aficionados, the pairing of two potent pickers in a single band is always a special occasion. On Live … In the Moment, New Jersey drummer Ken Serio teams two remarkable yet underrated guitarists in Vic Juris and Pete McCann alongside electric bassist Mark Egan. The results are often scintillating, with the two contrasting six-string stylists stretching adventurously in wide-open jam-oriented settings. Nothing much in the way of composition here, other than Egan’s evocative waltz “3 Way Mirror” (reminiscent of Jaco Pastorius’ “Three Views of a Secret”), his affecting ballad “1000 Words” and a relaxed, lyrical reading of the heartland anthem “Shenandoah.” The formula instead seems to involve Serio putting up a beat-a churning 6/8 groove on “Nigel’s Dance,” a surf-rock pulse on “Big Blue Cars,” a slamming, syncopated backbeat on funky “Bean Town”-then turning Juris and McCann loose to slash and burn.
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