Frank Gambale has a tremendous effort with this album. By his side is the astounding Billy Cobham on drums, and two very admirable bassists: Ric Fierabracci and Steve Billman. This is an overall terrific fusion album. This album also marks the debut of Gambale's Gambale Neauveau Tuning method on his guitar.
The album is divided into two parts: Part I, which contains a three section mini-suite called "Neauveau Vignettes" with the tracks "Solo Debut," "Melodique," and "Two Minutes B.C.," which is a two minute feature for Cobham to display his insane drumming technique. Part II contains overtly funky tunes such as "May the Fourths Be With You" and "Complex Emotions." Another interesting fact about this album for Gambale is that Gambale wrote all the tunes.
Cobham's drums are superlative on this album, and the most amazing part about hearing this album is that Cobham came into record this album at last notice from Moscow. Cobham was on little to no sleep and still manages to play coherently and makes his presence known throughout the entirety of the album. That is musicianship at its finest.
Other standout tracks on this album includes the funky "Smug" on the second half of the album as well as the pensive ballad "Table for One" that draws from the deeper, more emotional side of fusion. When one hears this album, you can hear the intricate melodies composed by Gambale as well as the hard work each musician displays.
This album is for anyone who digs fusion. If you like the Chick Corea sound, the Chick Corea Elektrik Band, John McLaughlin, Weather Report or Jaco Pastorius, you will dig this album. You will be hypnotized by the likes of "Table for One" and you will be able to get down with your bad self on tracks like "May the Fourths Be With You."