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TERRY BOZZIO & BILLY SHEEHAN:
Nine Short Films
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Released Sept 24, 2002

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The pairing of Terry Bozzio and Billy Sheehan, two of the most respected rhythm players in the prog, hard rock, metal, and fusion genre's, turns out to be a bizarre affair. Nine Short Films is a vocal oriented album, featuring Bozzio's whispered meanderings with intense instrumentation in the background by the duo that comes across much like modern day King Crimson. It's not that the vocals of the drummer ruin this CD, but they are an acquired taste, and come across sounding a bit cold at times. I felt throughout the CD like I would just rather hear the instrumentation of these two amazing musicians, but after a few spins Bozzio's rantings seem to fall into place.

Tracks like "Distant Horses" or "Live by the Gun" are perfect examples of dark, Crimson inspired journeys, with Sheehan's nimble, complex bass work augmented perfectly by the busy percussion of Bozzio. Most of the lyrics deal with dark, bleak subject matter, practically spoken by Bozzio in a hushed, husky tone much like a poetry reader. There are many sustained guitar tones as well throughout this CD, some performed by Bozzio on synthesizer, and others are actual guitars played by Sheehan, but in all cases they create wonderous and huge walls of soundscapes. The bass and drum work is outstanding on its own, but the overall pallette is full and rich as if a four piece band had performed it. Many of the tunes follow a similar groove, but there are exceptions, such as the hard rocking "Edge of Circle", featuring crystalline lead guitars from Sheehan, or the acrobatic "Finger Painting" with Sheehan's muscular bass solos leading the way above Bozzio's tribal percussion.

In summary, an interesting CD, but one that takes a bit of getting used to (especially the vocals), and most certainly not for every listener. If you can imagine a mix of King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, and New Age/World music, you have a good idea of what Nine Short Films is all about.
Sea of Tranquility

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This is a power duo: drum-meister Terry Bozzio contributes his percussion array along with lyrics, vocals and keyboards to the accompaniment of journeyman bassist Billy Sheehan on basses and baritone guitars. Bozzio's lyrics are presented in the CD booklet and they tell a tale of murderous violence and a lonely, forlorn desperation. The rumbling, complex rhythms of the music echo the nightmarish content like background thunder to a malevolent storm.
Tom "Tearaway" Schulte, for Outsight & Ink 19

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Moods, moods and more moods. The ambient attack of Nine Short Films leaves you no choice but to conjure up images of a multitude places both near and far, future and past. Bozzio's vocals are as moody as the music, almost spooky at times. I wouldn't even know how to classify this music. But I like it. Hot Spots include "Water and Blood" and "Sub Continent".
Ytsejam

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Terry Bozzio appears on a number of other Magna Carta recordings as well, including Black Light Syndrome from Bozzio Levin Stevens, and Raising the Mammoth by Explorer's Club. Billy Sheehan also appears on the recent release Time Crunch by Niacin, and Niacin's upcoming live disc Blood Sweat & Beers.


TERRY BOZZIO & BILLY SHEEHAN
Nine Short Films

Legendary players of mammoth proportions, drummer Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Bozzio Levin Stevens, etc) and bassist Billy Sheehan (Niacin, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) join forces to create
Nine Short Films.

Catalog # : MA-9062-2
Price : $16.98

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Nine Short Films
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01 – Live By The Gun
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02 – Black Wisdom
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03 – Water and Blood
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04 – Tornado Alley
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05 – Distant Horses
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06 – One More Winter
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07 – Edge of a Circle
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08 – Finger Painting
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09 – The Last Page
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10 – Sub Continent
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