Gunn, Trey - Untune The Sky

Year of Release: 2003
Label: InsideOut
Catalog Number: IOMCD 145
Format: CD
Total Time: 68:29:00

Untune The Sky is a triumphant recording for renowned musician Trey Gunn. Gunn, known for his solo projects and work with King Crimson, reaches another level on this solo recording. A masterpiece of this magnitude deserves a lot of contemplation and study if you are a perceptive and curious listener.

I was captivated with the CD and ended up playing it several times before finally popping the DVD in. It is not an easy task explaining what kind of music this is, it is in fact many different types of styles and genres all wrapped carefully into a homogenized progressive sound. Gunn is a multi-instrumentalist that uses a free form approach with his supporting cast. They create a remarkable blend of instrumental prog-rock and Middle Eastern jazz influenced sounds that have you shaking your head wondering what you just heard. It is very good music with many textures and flavors.

The DVD is just as interesting as the CD. The tracks indicated as multimedia (see track listing) are the most attention grabbing with magnificent colors and imagery set to mesmerizing sounds. Gunn uses the Chapman Stick and a double-necked guitar that he employs a unique touch style of playing. He coaxes some different and at times odd sounds out of his instruments, giving each song a unique resonance and atmosphere all its own.

The behind the scenes segments with the band members was very good as well, I particularly enjoyed the interview by guitar player Joe Mendleson with drummer/percussionist Bill Rieflin. Reiflin uses some intricate instruments that he explains in detail while setting up before a show. After listening to what he had to say, I had a better understanding of the complexity of the music I just heard.

This is an excellent two for one set, so do not miss it.

Sozzle (4:41) / The Glove (Live) (5:02) / Killing For London (6:26) / The Third Star (Alternate Mix) (3:42) / Take This Wish (Alternate Wish) (6:41) / August 1997 (1:37) / Rune Song (5:40) / Puttin' On The White Shirt (7:59) / Brief Encounter (5:49) / Arrakis (5:20) / The Cruelest Month (Unreleased) (9:00) / The Gift (4:14) / Hootenanny At The Pink Pussycat Caf? (2:10)

Trey Gunn - Warr guitar, Chapman stick, voice
Bob Muller - drums, percussion, tabla
Dave Douglas - trumpet
Tony Geballe - saz, guitar
Joe Mendelson - guitar
Pat Mastelotto - drums
Bill Rieflin - drums
Robert Fripp - organ guitar

(selected discography)
The First Day (w/David Sylvian, Robert Fripp) (1993)
One Thousand Years (1993)
Darshana (w/Sylvian, Fripp) (1994)
Damage (w/Sylvian, Fripp) (1994)
King Crimson - Vrooom (1994)
King Crimson - Thrak (1995)
King Crimson - B'Boom (Live In Argentina (1995)
The Third Star (1996)
King Crimson - Thrakattak (1996)
King Crimson - The ProjeKCts (1999)
Raw Power: The Surfacing Series (1999)
The Repercussions Of Angelic Behavior (w/Bill Rieflin, Fripp) (1999)
King Crimson - The Deception Of The Thrush (1999)
The Joy Of Molybdenum (2000)
King Crimson - The ConstruKCtion Of Light (2000)
Food For Thought (And Other Vicious Circles) ()
Playing With Borrowed Time
Live Encounter (2001)
King Crimson - Level Five (2002)
King Crimson - The Power To Believe (2003)
Untune The Sky (2003)
Tu - Tu (w/Pat Mastelotto) (2004)
KTU ? 8 Armed Monkey (2005)
Quodia - The Arrow (2007)
Music For Pictures (2008)

King Crimson - Deja Vrooom (DVD) (1999)
King Crimson - Eyes Wide Open (2003)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: November 30th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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