"Live Wires" is the first live Cd by electric violinist Joe Deninzon amp; Stratospheerius. Recorded on tour between 2001 and 2003, it features incredible virtuosic interplay, and jaw dropping jams mixing funk, rock, and world music. This disc re-creates the out-of-body live experience that is "Stratospheerius".
Classic fusion lives and breathes via Russian-born, classically-trained Joe Deninzon and his amazing band Stratospheerius. Captured blazingly bright live and in the moment on this 10-song live outing, Joe and his magic band bring old music (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra) and new music (fans of the Dave Matthews Band's most transcendental moments won't feel lost here) together with a heavenly blend of originals from Deninzon's two previous studio affairs,Electric/Blue andAdventures of Stratospheerius, covers, and previously unreleased material. From the latter disc comes the inspiring "Contusion," the ass-shaking "What's That Thang" and the aptly-titled Acid Rabbits" (think Jeff Beck'sBlow By Blow), from the former; there's also Frank Zappa's "Magic Fingers," Danny Elfman's theme from The Simpsons and "Heavy Shtettle," co-written by ex-Testament guitarist and current jazz ax meister Alex Skolnick (who guests on two tracks here). While Deninzon's studio outings served as fine introductions to the New York-based maestro, this little sonic boom captures him unhinged and unencumbered as he leads his fiendishly good mates into strange and bold new worlds that leave now jaw snapped together, no heart beating at anything approaching a normal rate. Sounding more relaxed and confident than ever, Deninzon unleashes the fury on "Shock Therapy," "The Perfect Storm" and shines in the vocal department on the lovely and amazing "An Evening Nap In The Afternoon." As at home in the world of Grappelli and O'Connor as he is in the world of Steve Vai and Jimi Hendrix, Joe Deninzon may very well be our next national violin treasure. --www.f5wichita.com
Joe Deninzon's virtuosic violin playing adds an elegant grace and down-home spunk to the rest of the musicians' fusion grooves. On this live album recorded in Erie, Pennsylvania, Deninzon run through several numbers of hot jazz rock, highlighted by some dazzling playing by the members of Stratospherius (a variation of Stradivarius-get it, Deninzon'a violinist)-guitarist Jake Ezra, bassist Ron Baron, and drummer Luciana Padmore. In additiono to several of his originals, Deninzon's also does a rip-roaring version of the Simpson's theme and an acid-funk take on Stevie Wonder's Contusion. Fusion music may not be everyone's bag (there is some people out there who revile it), but this album might prove the contrary through the amazing musicianship. --www.newbeats.com
Violin master Joe Deninzon and his magic band Stratospheerius return with the album that captures them in the environment they seem to have been born to play in on the stage with strings smoking and thoughts flying faster than the Concorde on amphetamines. Those already familiar with Deninzon s work, whether Adventures of Stratospheerius or Electric/Blue already knew that he could smoke, that his compositions were living, fire-breathing monsters but this proves it once and for all, for all those who bother to pause and listen and all those who can t help but be drawn in by Deninzon s musical magnetism. Old favorites such as Acid Rabbits, Pleasurepain and What s That Thing? get wheeled out and given the once-over and what-for, while the maestro turns to past masters such as Danny Elfman ( Theme From The Simpsons ), Frank Zappa ( Magic Fingers ) and Stevie Wonder ( Contusion ), lending the effort the sense of past-meets-present that Deninzon has always done so well. Alex Skolnick joins the band for two tunes (he also co-wrote Heavy Shtettle ), while the core band of Ron Baron (beautiful bass), Luciana Padmore (smoking drums) and guitarist Jake Ezra (Where s this guy been all our lives?) , does just fine on its own. The only regret here is that this isn t a double live monster but there ll be time for that. Deninzon isn t going anywhere, except into the stratosphere where we ll crane our necks to watch him shine. --www.seaoftranquility.com