Best of the Batch: Trey Gunn
Untune the Sky
Artist: Trey Gunn
Title: Untune The Sky
Genre: Rock/Progressive, Art, Instrumental, World, Jazz-Fusion
Label: Inside Out/SPV-www.insideoutmusic.com
Untune The Sky is a triumphant recording for renowned musician Trey Gunn. Gunn, known for his solo projects and work with King Crimson, reaches another level on this solo recording. A masterpiece of this magnitude deserves a lot of contemplation and study if you are a perceptive and curious listener.
I was captivated with the CD and ended up playing it several times before finally popping the DVD in. It is not an easy task explaining what kind of music this is, it is in fact many different types of styles and genres all wrapped carefully into a homogenized progressive sound. Gunn is a multi-instrumentalist that uses a free form approach with his supporting cast. They create a remarkable blend of instrumental prog-rock and Middle Eastern jazz influenced sounds that have you shaking your head wondering what you just heard. It is very good music with many textures and flavors.
The DVD is just as interesting as the CD. The tracks indicated as multimedia (see track listing) are the most attention grabbing with magnificent colors and imagery set to mesmerizing sounds. Gunn uses the Chapman Stick and a double-necked guitar that he employs a unique touch style of playing. He coaxes some different and at times odd sounds out of his instruments, giving each song a unique resonance and atmosphere all its own.
The behind the scenes segments with the band members was very good as well, I particularly enjoyed the interview by guitar player Joe Mendleson with drummer/percussionist Bill Rieflin. Reiflin uses some intricate instruments that he explains in detail while setting up before a show. After listening to what he had to say, I had a better understanding of the complexity of the music I just heard.
This is an excellent two for one set so do not miss it.