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SCHENKER-PATTISON SUMMIT: The Endless Jam


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SCHENKER-PATTISON SUMMIT: The Endless Jam 2004-04-26 blues based hard rock
Label
Mascot records
Website
www.michaelschenkerhimself.com
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Playing Time Cat. N°
59:04 M 7093 2
Review by Rating
Edwin 8,5/10
nederlands Review

Last year, Pat Travers released his “P.T. Power Trio”, an album of classic blues rock covers, on Mike Varney’s BBI label. “The Endless Jam” by the Schenker-Pattison Summit might be considered its companion album. Schenker is of course Michael Schenker, fabulous guitarist of Scorpions, UFO and MSG. Vocalist Davey Pattison was Ronny Montrose’s sidekick in Gamma, who later joined Robin Trower’s band. Backed by Varney’s regular rhythm section of Aynsley Dunbar and Gunter Nezhoda, they go back in time to the 60’s and 70’s and tackle some of the best and best known tracks of the time. And to come straight to the point: this effort is so much better than Pat Travers’s.

The choice of songs doesn’t appear very inspired, though. “Shapes Of Things”, “The Stealer” and “Built For Comfort” have been covered countless times (the latter was recorded before by Schenker on UFO’s “Phenomenon”). “Hey Joe” even has a website dedicated to it; it lists over 750 versions! “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” has also been done better (the best cover being Mark Bonilla’s, featuring Glenn Hughes on vocals). But the performances here are excellent. There’s a remarkable cohesiveness to the album and although the arrangements are not exactly original, Schenker and Pattison succeed in leaving their marks upon these songs: these are not just covers, this is two guys putting their hearts into some of their favourite songs and making them their own. Lots of variation and refinement, two things that lacked on the Pat Travers album. Hard rocking blues tracks like “Shapes Of Things” and “I Got The Fire” are nicely balanced by slower tunes and ballads. “Long Misty Days” and “Voyager” in particular are breathtaking. Pattison’s soulful vocals are very pleasant and blend well with Schenker’s typical sound. Michael Schenker has always been one of my favourite guitarists, but it’s been many years since I was so much in awe of his performance. On his website, he writes “My fun part is lead breaks (…). Song writing is fun too but the solos are my most fun part.” This album must be a dream come true for him, because he can concentrate full-time on his soloing and he’s doing that as if his life depended on it.

There’s only one gripe I have with this album and it concerns the title. An “Endless Jam” is exactly what the record is not. The various instruments and vocals were recorded in different studios, and the musicians were probably never together in a studio. The recordings lack just a touch of spontaneity because of that. Put these musicians together on a stage, let them jam on the same tracks and you’ll get an album that is even better. As it is, it’s a fantastic CD and I wouldn’t mind hearing some original work by this duo. Would it be too much to ask for Schenker to sidetrack his flagging MSG for a while and start a proper band with Pattison?

Musicians

Michael Schenker: Lead Guitar
Davey Pattison: Vocals

Aynsley Dunbar: Drums
Gunter Nezhoda: Bass
Guests:
Leslie West (lead & slide guitar)
Kevin Curry (rhythm guitar)
Sam McClaslin (keyboards)
Mark Robertson (B-3)
Mike Varney (rhythm guitar)

Tracklist
Shapes Of Things (The Yardbirds) 3’27”
Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix, a.o.) 6’17”
Pearly Queen (Traffic) 5’11”
A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procum Harum) 7’33”
Never In My Life (Mountain) 4’03”
Long Misty Days (Robin Trower) 6’46”
I Got The Fire (Montrose) 3’15”
Voyager (Gamma) 5’49”
The Stealer (Free) 5’43”
Theme For An Imaginary Western (Jack Bruce) 5’54”
Built For Comfort (Howlin’ Wolf, a.o.) 5’02”


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