Zilla - CD ' Zilla'
you want to hear instrumental music that features a hammered dulcimer
and kalimba? Yes, if it is done by Zilla. Zilla mixes World, jam,
and rock music together in a mix that is wonderful to hear.
Actually, with the statement at the top of the CD sleeve that
guarantees “100% live, 100% improvised”, jamming is
the key here. This is the type of CD that you want to sit back
and relax to on a summer day. Not that Zilla lulls you with predictability.
Since these are jams, the music takes twists and turns that you
But there is no harshness here. Instead, Zilla carries you along
on music that constantly opens up new paths for you. Jamie Janover
is the factor that makes the music so unusual. The hammered dulcimer
is a beautiful instrument that, as far as I know, as never been
used before in jam music.
Steve Vidaic on keyboards is not always present, but when he is
he adds a wonderful “space vibe”, using effects and
not playing piano at all. Aaron Holstein has a unique position
in jam music by doubling on guitar and bass. Michael Travis, also
of the String Cheese Incident, plays both drums and a variety
Web site at http://www.zillamusic.com/.
- Dave Howell