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Rick Ray Band - Temporary World Review
by Charlotte Hannon

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This, the 28th album from Rick Ray, is a unique collaboration of sounds. Temporary World is an album of extreme creativity and as such makes for an intelligent listening experience. It's hard to really slot the Rick Ray Band into a typical genre, elements of blues, jazz, rock and industrial sounds, (particularly on the lead-ins), all play a role in the overall finished product. They're an interesting blend of very early Jethro Tull meets Frank Zappa meets King Crimson.....and that's just on the first track!

The opening track "Until The End" lets us know early on that we are dealing with a couple of guitarists who really know their instrument. The guitar tones are very good but there's also a very interesting 6/8 drum feel (from drummer Sam "PJ" Glorioso) against the 4/4 shuffle that creates a really sweet contrast re-capturing the ears attention very neatly towards the end. There's really a sense throughout this album of a harkening back to a time of intriguing bands. The guitar work on track 4 "Modified Universe" epitomizes that feeling, there's the influence of John McLaughlin fused with Al Di Meola here yet Rick Ray emerges making it his own. Track 5. "Change Stays The Same" solidifies that feeling that we're listening to some really intelligent rock, think Amboy Dukes meets Peter Banks/Flash with a little Jan Hammer thrown in. The reed elements (Rick Schultz) seem to naturally evolve as the album progresses ultimately culminating in the feeling that you were a part of the creative process that just unfolded. It's these elements that really help to keep this album interesting.

On the overall it's the instrumental experience that the Rick Ray Band do best. Vocal delivery on tracks "Until The End", "Change Stay The Same" and the title track "Temporary World" form a more comfortable marriage than elsewhere. "Passage Of Time" features some beautiful instrumental acoustic guitar work which really showcases Rick Ray's diverse talent. Besides Rick there's also some very solid riffs in evidence in the energetic rock guitar output of Frank Pellino and some excellent keyboard riffs (particularly evident on "Chemical Dispersion") from Frank also.

Bottom line, if intelligent rock and talented guitarists are your thing you'll enjoy this album.


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