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Claude Pauly: Mind Meets Matter

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Luxembourg-born guitar slinger flaunts dangerous Scott Henderson-styled chops on thunderous fare like “Moorish Maze,” the edgy “Haunted” and the powerhouse Indian flavored “Incarnation Highway,” all fueled by Garaj Mahal rhythm tandem of bassist Kai Eckhardt and drummer Alan Hertz. Pauly’s lyrical string-bending prowess on “The Mirror Trail” recalls Jeff Beck’s classic “Because We Ended As Lovers” while his audacious fretboard work on the fuzz-inflected funk-rocker “The Dipp” tips into the Allan Holdsworth zone. A must for fusion fans.

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