Over a two-decade- long career, Satriani has released a dozen critically acclaimed studio albums that have sold over ten million copies worldwide. In the process, he has established himself as a player whose emotional musical dexterity equals that of his physical gifts. His solo concerts are sell-out events, but in 1996, need a new challenge (and perhaps a bit of fun) he formed G3, a concert tour of galvanizing guitar music featuring Satriani with his close friend and former student(!) Steve Vai, along with a floating third member (the notables have included Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robert Fripp, among others). But for Joe Satriani, it is the creation of music that is its own reward, and on his new album Professor Satchifunkilus and the Musterion of Rock, he embarks on his most fascinating journey.
There will always be songwriters who aren’t great guitarists and guitarists who aren’t great songwriters. Satriani, however, possesses both talents in equal and extreme measures. He’s a storyteller, sketching tales and characters, as concerned with mise en scene and mood as any master filmmaker. Distinguished, hypnotic, brilliantly conceived and executed, and positively electrifying, Professor Satchifunkilus and the Musterion of Rock, despite its lighthearted title, is filled with the kind of arty vigor and bratty fever that has made Joe Satriani one of the greatest guitarists of his day. But if the measure of a musician is the human spirit he can coax out of a note, then Satch is doing something quite worthwhile with his extraordinary gifts: He’s letting you in on a feeling.
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Written by Joe Satriani
Published by Strange Beautiful Music (ASCAP)
Used By Permission.
Alternative Country Alternative Metal Alternative Pop Alternative Rap Alternative rock Blues Rock Dance Disco Drum-n-bass Electronic Emo Funk Garage Grunge Hard Rock Hip-Hop House Indie Jazz Funk Jazz Rap Latin Metal New Wave Pop Post Punk Progressive Punk R&B Rap Reggae Rock Ska-Punk Soul Synth Pop Techno Turntablism Underground Rap