About the tracks:
Luca Mantovanelli: guitar (1,5,6,9)
Allen Hinds: guitar (2,4,7,10)
Alex Milella: guitar (3,4,8)
Drummer Paul Marangoni leads this project based fusion offering, he is a drummer and as he explains it, he had met with Alex Masi years ago to do some jamming in 2002, after meeting up with a bassist, they became regulars on Mondays at the he Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli, a somewhat famous spot in L.A. He and Masi released a fusion cd under the name The Trio of Stridence - The Pastrami Standards - 2005, the cd (also reviewed here), featured renditions of many fusion songs that were recorded and written by other artists, it was quite a novel idea, and came across to many fusion fans as a great cd.
A few years had passed since that cd, and Paul Marangoni wanted to release a new TOS recording, this time he adds a new bassist - Peter Bakaja, as well as three different guitarists of notable fame: Luca Mantovanelli, Alan Hinds, and Alex Millela. Again taking on the challenge of reinventing some classic fusion/prog songs, they collectively have accomplished another cd that is nothing short of inviting to experience. A good idea to feature different guitarists, as each player brings his own style and personality to the tunes, providing exceptional playing throughout the disc. Also, bassist Bakaja offers a very fluid and technically proficient compliment to the guitars. Love to hear some of these songs back to back with the originals to really get a perspective of contrast. Marangoni is a fine drummer, and his performances command your attention as he provides detailed interplay with the string players, and he also lends quite a bit of added energy to this trio.
Again, another nice release by the "Trio". A neat idea that from judging by the results of the two cds I have heard thus far, could easily provide years of added releases should the outfit continue to take their ideas from the greats of the past. Well done!!