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Joel Hoekstra

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Joel Hoekstra: Undefined

by Ted Vieira

Personnel:
Joel Hoekstra: guitar
Also Features:
Virgil Donati (PlanetX, Tribal Tech): Drums
Ric Fierabracci (Frank Gambale, Andy Summers): Bass
Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones): Harmonica
Cathy Richardson: Vocals
Plus other additional musicians, too many to name here.

This CD is a fresh instrumental guitar album displaying a combination of agressive, creative playing from everyone on the project. It combines textures of funk and rock along with contemporary jazz fusion sounds; even a little country, swing and blues. The playing is clean, precise and tight. The guitar/bass/drum grooves are the backbone of the album. I can't say enough about the the ability of the players on this CD. The music is extremely nasty and aggresive, yet tasteful and is never too self-indulgent... it stays extremely musical. I hate to compare artists, but I'd liken the music to that of Joe Satriani on stearoids. There's a lot of humor in this CD. If I had to use one word to describe the CD it would be HOT (note all caps).

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