David Fiuczynski: David Fiuczynksi’s Planet Microjam

David Fiuczynksi
David Fiuczynksi's Planet Microjam
Rarenoise
2012-05-15

Fusion guitarist David Fiuczynksi lives in that special place between F and F sharp, between B and B flat, and between the Western chromatic scale and the Turkish chromatic scale. Microtonal music gets its mysterious notes from non-tempered instruments and Fiuczynksi has been mining this area of the guitar steadily over time. His custom-made double-necked guitar, one neck without frets, has taken his electrically-charged jazz/rock to a place where the microtonal notes are piled up into complicatedly unforgiving chords. So what does one do with this newfound power? They cover Beethoven, Sun Ra, a Chinese traditional called “Drunken Longing” and two pieces by Mexican microtonal composer Julian Carrillo in addition to six originals. They also get Jack DeJohnette to pound the skins. David Fiuczynksi’s Planet Microjam is not your usual album; then again, David Fiuczynksi is not your usual guitarist. Recommended for fusionheads.

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