Ultra Zone [Japan]

Ultra Zone [Japan]

by Steve VaiSteve Vai

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Considering that Steve Vai has been on the cutting edge of rock guitar-playing since he was a teenager working with Frank Zappa, you might expect him to embrace the skittery beats and syncopated rhythms of drum 'n' bass the way Jeff Beck did on his recent release, WHO ELSE? But Vai has never been a follower, and while he does experiment with the occasional electronic beat on his new album, THE ULTRA ZONE, he does so merely to add flavor to his uncanny guitar sounds. Throughout the disc, Vai explores euphonious melodies ("Frank," "Lucky Charms"), Middle Eastern hooks ("The Blood and the Tears"), avant-jazz passages ("OOOO"), sheer metallic trailblazing ("Jibboom") and otherworldly guitar exhortations ("Voodoo Acid") like no performer on the guitar-god circuit. He's at his best when performing without vocal accompaniment (which mars four songs) and instead demonstrating once again why Zappa dubbed him the master of "impossible guitar parts."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2007
Label: Sony Japan
UPC: 4571191051004
catalogNumber: 630
Rank: 112507

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Vai   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bryan Beller   Bass
Duane Benjamin   Trombone
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Andy Cleaves   Trumpet
Mike Keneally   Keyboards
Mike Mangini   Drums
Philip Bynoe   Bass
Robin Dimaggio   Drums
Koshi Inaba   Vocals
John Sergio   Bass
Tak Matsumoto   Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Steve Vai   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction,Instrumentation
Rina Bucollo   Engineer
Koshi Inaba   Composer
Michael Lopez   Engineer
Niels Bye Nielsen   Orchestration
Marcelo Gomes   Engineer
Tak Matsumoto   Composer
Aaron Brown   Cover Illustration

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