Alex Masi | Late Night At Desert's Rimrock

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Late Night At Desert's Rimrock

by Alex Masi

Alex Masi continues his rich musical journey with Late Nights At Desert's Rimrock.? The album also features his MCM bandmate and drummer John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark).
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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2. You Asked
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3. Antistructure
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4. Love Is A Resonance
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5. Asparagus Piss
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6. Disembodied In Mojave
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7. Tiktaalik In Evolution
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8. The Smess Of Weightlessness
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9. Telling England By The Sound
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10. His/Her Dosage
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11. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Alex Masi continues his rich musical journey with a “Late Night At Desert Rimrock”. The album also features his MCM band mate and former Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark drummer John Macaluso.

“Late Night At Desert Rimrock” resulted from some informal raw jams between Masi and Macaluso. These jams saw Masi start on bass guitar playing to grooves laid down by Macaluso with no preconceived ideas, plans or melody with spontaneity being the main motivator.

The music of “Late Night At Desert Rimrock” is a wild musical ride with no specific goal other than “music” itself. The title may conjure up images of irrational, rabbi, hallucinogenic, exploring drumming and guitar playing and this is indeed how Alex Masi himself describes the music. Masi’s primary influence for the music was the universe itself, stating, “Every piece is a universe in itself...the influence is the desert...my love of the desert...my love of solitude...my trips around various deserts and the imaginary and actual encounters...altered mental states..”.
“Late Night At Desert Rimrock” may initially shock fans of Masi’s neo-classical output but fans of Masi’s guitar work will revel in the musicianship, on the direction Alex comments, “The new material has no regard for what's expected of me musically...this album is probably the closest representation musically of where my head is at right now.” The album was recorded drums and bass first and after a period of fermentation in his archives Alex then started applying layers of guitar and various other sounds. The album in total took a couple of years to complete with other albums and session recorded in the meantime. Masi wrapped up the album in May 2006. “Late Night At Desert Rimrock” is not meant to satisfy any one SPECIFIC fetish but MANY fetishes combined...listen to it as if your government would not want you to do it!
Brief Bio
Alex Masi is one of the world’s most respected guitarists. Making his name in the mid 1980’s with the band Masi, winning a Grammy nomination for 1989’s “Attack Of The Neon Shark”. In the late 1990’s Alex Masi released the first in a current trilogy of “In The Name Of…” recordings of classical works by Bach, Mozart and more recently Beethoven. 2004 saw a collaboration with John Macaluso and Randy Coven entitled MCM. Alex Masi has spent the past couple of years deepening his studies of Indian, Arab and Persian music, getting more and more involved in the electronica scene with a possible album of jungle/break beat/insane guitar in the near future while also recording various sessions for highly unlikely characters from TOTO's ex singers to Snoop Dogg to Rahat Ali Khan to some extreme metal people. (for complete bio please see the Lion Music website).


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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Alex Masi - Late Night At Desert's Rimrock
Every Masi's fan does know that Italian is a multiinstrumentalist. The next proof of it was delivered with above-mentioned album. Alex is responsible for electric, classical and bass guitars, tabla, bells, loops and production. He didn't forget about his buddy of M.C.M. project - John Macaluso who can be also recognized as an ex-member of the Malmsteen band or currently suspended progressive group Ark. It could have not been an usual album, believe me! We can say that Masi recorded the most progressive album in his career. That's true! We can then say that his music is full of such styles like jazz/fusion and funky a little bit. That's also a true! But I have no doubt that "Late Night At Desert's Rimrock" is the most experimental album in his discography! It includes sophisticated arrangements, complex guitar solos and technically-twisted drum parts. I suppose that Alex didn't use all Asian influences prepared for M.C.M. recording session, because here you'll find some elements from Indian music. It's interesting that Italian virtuoso used a tabla - couple of woodwind (clay or copper) kettledrums. A musicians plays that instrument with wrists or fingers. You can also easily catch the main riffs from Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" in "Tiktaalik In Evolution", but the album, as a whole, has nothing to do with hard rock side of Alex from the eighties. It's an argument that he doesn't tail his past ideas, and explores new areas in music. There is a place for both heaviness and melody as well, and yet Alex's music is as bizarre as odd tracks' titles are, haha. It is not one of Beethoven's symphony, but can keep us in suspense. If you enjoy the likes of Richard Hallebeek, Joel Rivard, Bo Eriksson, Tim Donahue, Ned Evett, Allan Holdsworth and Scott Henderson, let's begin your hunt for that CD without delay.

Mike Everett

Finally a guitar album that dares to explore beyond the guitar
I've only known Alex Masi's music for a couple of years having missed the more metal period of his career.
I first discovered him through his classical albums which were quite astonishing but nothing in those albums could have made me anticipate Masi's insane (in the best sense of the word) musical trip contained on Late Nights...
It's only Alex and John Macaluso (drummer) so Alex handles bass duties as well as the guitar work.
The production is shining and then there's the music...
Intense, mysterious, frantic at times, hypnotic other times with ideas that defy the usual fare expected from a guitar oriented album.
Alex's technique on the guitar is outwordly, no Malmsteen cloning or vapid neoclassical wanking here.
I hear Shawn Lane, Mclaughlin, Holdsworth and Fripp in his playing which is quite refreshing these says.
Macaluso's drumming compliments the music perfectly, he's another monster who fits perfectly with Mr.Masi.
So, I think this is quite a masterpiece which I'm afraid not too many people will be exposed to due to the limited reach of the record label (Lion Music) but I'm confident that musicans like these will sooner or later be impossible to ignore by much bigger audiences.
If you love uncompromising and stellar music and musicianship this is one of theos "must have" albums.