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CD Review: Instrusaurus

Instrusaurus (Silvercloud Records)

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If the name Instrusaurus makes it sound like the guys in this band are a group of old-timers, well, that's appropriate, because they are. Produced by Ronnie Silverman, a guy who's old enough that he can claim to be an original member of the late, great James Gang when it first formed in 1966, this instrumental outfit includes a number of great local players who perform with other bands (good luck getting them all together for a live show). Equally capable of playing surf rock ("Pipeline") and funk/jazz ("Watermelon Man"), these guys are incredibly eclectic. They're at their best when they let it fly, like they do on the rollicking original tune "Mind if I Smoke?" Great chops don't mean much without great production, and the James Gang's Dale Peters deserves a shout out for handling those duties. He makes the whole thing sound razor sharp.

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