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October 10th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

It all came to ferocious conclusion as five virtuoso cellists blasted their way through a fast ‘n’ furious rendition of “Open Country Joy,” John McLaughlin’s prog-rock-meets-jazz-fusion-with-a-country-twang-twist opus from the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s classic 1973 album, Birds of Prey. Throughout the song, one of the five cellists, Bryan Holt, never even touched the strings of his instrument, though, but rather conjured up an impressive interpretation of Billy Cobham’s pummeling, go-for-the-throat drum work (as heard on the original recording) by tapping, scraping and banging away on the body of his cello as though it were some sort of wooden set of bongo drums.

Obviously, this was in no way a typical classical music concert…

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