Renegade Creation “Bullet” – CD Review by Scott Thomas
Today is my lucky day... No kidding, I'm sitting hear listening to the New Renegade CD "Bullet" and let me tell ya... This is just pure, cool, celestially vibrant, guitar-centric blues rock music. If you want to drift away from it all, then this is the album that will help you in that endeavor. Getting lost in the vibe here is as easy as breathing. The songs cover many facets of blues and rock w/ a slight touch of jazz - fusion. There are a few contemporary fm radio oriented tunes on this disc too.
Well heck, no wonder why. Have you seen the line-up here. Robben Ford (Guitar); Michael Landau (Guitar); Jimmy Haslip (Bass); Gary Novak (Drums). These gifted musicians all have extensive music careers of their own with tons of industry accolades.
With engineering and production legend Ed Cherney (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan) at the helm, Renegade Creation re-entered the studio to record Bullet, the super-charged follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 debut.
Michael Landau is a renowned session guitarist and solo artist who has played on albums since the early 1980s by such notable artists as Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Richard Marx, Joni Mitchell, Steve Perry, Seal, James Taylor, Laura Branigan and many others.
Robben Ford began his recording career in the ‘70’s with the Charles Ford Band, a blues band with his highly musical siblings. As Robben progressed more as a player he delved deeper into Jazz, joining Tom Scott’s band in 1974. After more than 30 years as a solo artist, Ford is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in the world.
Jimmy Haslip is an in demand bassist and record producer, known by many fusion fans as a founding member of the pioneering fusion group, “Yellowjackets.” He was one of the first high profile players to routinely use a 5-string electric bass. Haslip has worked with many notable artists, including Tommy Bolin, Marty Friedman, Bruce Hornsby, Gino Vannelli, Allan Holdsworth, Chaka Khan, Donald Fagen and Anita Baker.
Gary Novak was born into a musical household and began drumming at age eight. After years of studying and working as a drummer he landed a gig with George Benson and subsequently joined Chick Corea’s band. He has also toured with many highly acclaimed musicians including Bob Berg and Allan Holdsworth. In 1998 he joined Canadian pop star Alanis Morissette’s band, recording and touring with her for over a year.
The band's essence is their jamming abilities and being able to bring out those unique gems of interplay between Ford and Landau. All the while, the two guitarists inspire each other to higher levels of musical consciousness. Yes, Bullet is a guitar tour de force. The hearthstone of the band is bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak - one of the best rhythm sections on the planet.
Parting Shot: If you like hypnotic, adventurous story-telling vocal melodies that will take you on a spirited journey, then you just hit dead center of the bulls-eye. Are you experienced?