One benefit of playing rock as a skilled jazzer is that you can borrow capably from whatever genre of rock you want. Given an extra disc to work with, drummer Bobby Previte might have tapped them all. As it stands, any fan of some form of rock through the ’80s will find something familiar on his The Coalition of the Willing. All of the music here is straight genre exercise. The recording ranges from self-contained efforts like the quivering chunk of ’80s metal that is “The Ministry of Love” to tunes that cycle from one genre to the next. “Oceania,” for example, puts Charlie Hunter’s Roger McGuinn jangle to a New Orleans backbeat before cycling through surf rock and then, seemingly from nowhere, dancehall.
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