The Other Side of the Story is an album full of head nodding songs with a Wayne Shorter feel, coupled with a spiritual and arcadian effect that only Matt Kane can deliver. Kane’s influence is all over this album along with the undisputed truth that he can write songs and write them well.
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The team Kane put together for this album, comprised of vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, Pianist Klaus Mueller, guitar player Vic Juris and bass player Mark Peterson. The Chromatic solos fo Schlamb and Muller work together perfectly on each track of the album. Couple their playing together with the dynamic, sexy riffs and phrasing of Juris’ guitar playing is an added bonus. Kane and Peterson back each soloist with solid rhythm. Kane’s drumming technique drives the music forward, generating statements of his own, with tight snare whips in a march-like pace.
What I love about this album is that Kane explores a plethora of moods. “Jump Rope Dance” is an exceptional example of funk, while “Eureka Springs” has an energetic feel of a road trip. Then there is “Distance” which exhibits a rustic, rural feel, like being out in the wilderness camping. “Drive” is all about a rock feel and is also Kane putting on a drum clinic. He starts with a single tap to a full explosion of controlled drumming.