Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

Michael Sanders & One Tribe Nation - Servants of a Lesser God Review

by Morley Seaver

OK, begin with "Abraxas"-era Santana as a starting point. Add some vintage Gino Vannelli instrumental references and take a stroll across the fringes of Weather Report territory. That sort of gives you a clue where Michael Sanders' head is at for this amazing release.

The Canadian, now living in LA, is the kingpin of this project and one heck of a guitarist. "Servants of a Lesser God" is a collection of songs that mush up a serving of rock, jazz and fusion, embellished by some engaging Brazilian percussion.

There is considerable instrumental clout on this release, particularly from Sanders, who also wrote or co-wrote all the material. His guitar is hummingbird fast at times, and that's when he's coasting. Seriously, the dude can shred. Fluid and clean. It's not just all about pedal to the metal, however. He can switch it up and throw in some tasty bits that are as integral to the mix as the fast stuff.

Standouts are the title track, which seems ripped right out of the '70s, as well as "Esoterica", and "One Trick Pony" which houses some great piano and guitar parts over a raucous percussion. Sanders is joined by a batch of top-notch talent on the record, as well. Luis Conte,(percussionist for Santana and Madonna), vocalist Andy Vargas (Santana), vocalist Bernard Fowler (the Stones), and sax player Jimi Roberts are all featured.

This is a hypnotic blend of musical virtuosity and melodic ear-pleasers that should sit well with anybody who likes their music executed by professionals that are as versatile as they are entertaining.

CD Info and Links

Michael Sanders & One Tribe Nation - Servants of a Lesser God

Label:Esoterica Records

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review


News Reports
Day in Rock:
Lamb Of God's Mark Morton Streams Chester Bennington Collaboration- Rush Members To Make Special Appearance- Unreleased David Bowie Tracks In New Collection- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

. .


Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.