Friday, August 17, 2007
Tribal Tech - The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
Scott Henderson and Gary Willis formed Tribal Tech in the late 1980's while Henderson was being schooled in the bands of Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul. In 1991 the band came of age with the self-titled album "Tribal Tech". Fusion music was reborn, and along with Allan Holdsworth, Tribal Tech led the way to some of the best modern music ever recorded. This live track from 1993 features a rare line-up with Hilary Jones on drums, joined by the young keyboard virtuoso Scott Kinsey, who eventually became Henderson's twin collaborator. I took a well-known L.A. studio musician and producer to see Henderson and Kinsey at Hollywood's Baked Potato - his reaction to Henderson was "He's a motherf****!!! - where did these guys come from?!?" This tune, "The Precipice" features some of the most intense Henderson soloing ever recorded.