Harvey Valdes: Point-Counterpoint

Guitarist Harvey Valdes forms a rock-styled power trio with Sana Nagano/violin and Joe Hertenstein/dr on this 7 song collection. The hard hitting drums make the album more akin to a mix of heavy metal as on “Coil” and “Blackjack” while Nagano’s intricate violin work delivers hints of early 70s King Crimson as on the prismatic “25 Bars” and melancholy “Untitled 21” Valdes’ uses his guitar for solo and for delivering bass like riffs to keep the foundation strong, hitting hard on “Shuffle” and “Postural.” Complex and angular, the music is filled with rock-inspired grey matter.

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