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Gary Willis: Actual Fiction

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From 1992 to 2000, the gifted lineup of guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Gary Willis, keyboardist Scott Kinsey and drummer Kirk Covington took California band Tribal Tech into the rare air of fusion forefathers like Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Willis is now based in Spain. His new release, Actual Fiction, is his first solo CD since his best, Bent, from 1998. Like his recent trio effort, Slaughterhouse 3, Actual Fiction features Covington as the primary drummer. But there’s no third party like Spanish saxophonist Liberty Fortuny, and none of that trio’s jam-band improvisation. Outside of Covington on five tracks and fellow drummer David Gomez on two, every other sound is made by Willis.

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