Ohm: Live On KPFK 90.7 FM

Before he was tapped in 1983 by a young Dave Mustaine (freshly ousted from Metallica) to join his new band Megadeth, guitarist Chris Poland was in the fusion band New Yorkers with bassist Robertino Pagliari and future Megadeth drummer Gar Samuelson. Two decades later, he reunites with Pagliari for his newest project, the jazz/metal Ohm:. After 2003’s self-titled debut, the band parted ways with drummer David Eagle and snagged the phenomenal Kofi Baker, son of Cream/Masters Of Reality skinsman Ginger Baker. Live On KPFK 90.7 FM is the first recording with Baker in the form of on-the-air radio broadcasts from two of SoCal’s premier fusion stations. Poland’s metal roots resonate throughout "Terra Incognita” and "ID,” while the rhythm section takes on a life of its own via the mammoth bass/drum interplay between Pag and Baker on "Peanut Buddha” and "Icarus Falls.” "Came To Believe” shares the improv aesthetic with King Crimson, but "Photograph” and "Tara” approach more melodic instrumental wizardry reserved for Planet X. "Jam At Tony’s” finds the trio dipping briefly into Jimi Hendrix’s "Machine Gun” before rocketing out of the stratosphere under their own power. While they continue to sweep away the techies, Ohm: are also relevant to more traditional metalheads curious to Poland’s whereabouts between his mid-’90s tech-metal band Damn The Machine and his resurfacing on Megadeth’s new album, The System Has Failed. (Lion)