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Terry Bozzio, Tony Levin and Steve Stevens

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If you LIKE instrumental virtuosity of the highest order, but only LOVE it when it serves stellar compositions (in this case improvisations); comes straight from the soul; never asserts itself by compromising musicality; carries strong character; defies conventions; and is used to paint vivid pictures, create deep moods and stir emotions that no other group of musicians is likely to replicate, then Black Light Syndrome is your destiny (assuming you deserve it).

In fact, each track here consists of a sublime voyage of beautiful images, thoughts and feelings that should have music lovers of various biases and degrees of obsession queuing up for another ride, again and again and … If you read the sleeve you probably won’t believe your eyes that the track length ranges from 7:25 to 14.37min (10 min on average). So compelling are the majesty and gradually revealing intricacies and treasures of this free-form masterpiece. Such is its lack of filler or senseless flash.

Mind you, the above is achieved while meeting (though by far exceeding) the criteria of “musicians’ music” with masterful technique and meter alterations, mad toning, and highly complex (yet delicious) melodies and rhythms.

It is an understatement to say that the coherent interplay and interactive tension betray the fact that BLS was spontaneously composed/improvised (with “unconditional acceptance of all members’ ideas”) in four days before which the trio had never played together. You may call it chemistry, but magic is a better word.

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