KBB- Proof of Concept
(Musea FGBG 4722)

From Aural Innovations #39 (May 2008)

KBB is a Japanese band lead by Violin player Akihisa Tsuboy. The band features extraordinary musicians on keyboards, bass and drums. This is the bands fourth CD since 2000. The opening track is a 10 minute total mindblower. Wow... the jamming is so intense sometimes and he plays this 5 string violin insanely fast. Sounds like Buckethead at times… Weight Anchor is a more laid back track with a lot of counter between the bass and violin to start before the drums and keys kick in. This one reminds me a bit of Kansas. Stratosphere is another long track which mixes a sort of dark mood with some really beautiful violin. This guy is really extraordinary. At about 5 minutes the track takes off and the band is really flying. Intermezzo is just like the title says, a bit of a intermediate rest track with some nice piano to accent the violin and bass. Rice Planting Song starts with some interesting keyboards and is a fun track, like a country jig of sorts. Something totally different. Lagoon Nebula starts a bit sad but then really picks up with some intense violin straight off. Later he adds what sounds like a wah pedal to the mix to great effect. This guy is pretty mind blowing… Order from Chaos ends the CD and features some really cool keyboards in the background of the violin. Akihisa starts off slowly but this track really gets cooking as the bass and drums totally lock in and drive it forward. Some great multilayered violin stuff in this track and a great jazzy keyboard solo. The bass player mixed the CD and did a great job. Sound is amazing…

Check out the record label web site at: http://www.musearecords.com
Check out the band web site at: http://tsuboy.internet.ne.jp/kbb/

Reviewed by Scott Heller

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