Review: Niacin – Krush

Rated:

3.5/5

As one would expect, fusion super-trio Niacin deliver all-star chops on this sixth album. But when keyboardist John Novello, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Dennis Chambers do their thing, like when Sheehan’s nimble four-string weaves in and out of Novello’s Hammond B3 and Chamber’s grooving beat on the title track, you’ll likely mutter “great song” rather than “great lick.” One of the best tunes is “Stormy Sunday,” which features proggy, ELP-like arrangements that glow with Novello’s Keith Emersonesque organ work. Another is “Car Crash Red,” a high-octane thrill ride that channels Edgar Winter and reveals three jazz/rock monsters having loads of fun. JEFF PERLAH

Check out the title track off Krush below: