PERCoLAtoR Guitar Player Review  
Jim Weider
While prog rock and neo-Baroque shred are still highly abundant these days,
quality straight-ahead instrumental rock seems to be in shorter supply. With
Percolator, though, Jim Weider—the Telecaster devotee and sideman par
excellence—seems on a mission to breath new life into the genre pioneered by
Jeff Beck and other singer-less rockers. Sure, there are welcome traces of
outside musical styles on Weider’s new disc—a sprig of fusion here, a snippet of
hip hop there, a mandatory funk breakdown over yonder—but the fat-crackin’ snare
drum, all-engulfing B-3 swells, warm glow-bottle guitar tones, compelling riffs,
and other timeless elements of straight-up rock refuse to be diluted by any
eclecticisms from the outside. The compositions are rich, layered, and complex,
and the mix is superb. Weider, who is perhaps best known for being Robbie
Robertson’s replacement in the re-launch of The Band, never succumbs to the
temptation every instrumental rocker faces—the near-irresistible urge to weigh
songs down with indulgent overdubbing. Sure, a couple of vamps drift dangerously
close to the soothing, but fully un-rocking territory we call smooth jazz (let’s
face it—a rock record can only be so edgy without a singer up front spittin’
from the gut) but, in general, this disc kicks. You’ll be proud to bump
Percolator (which features guest virtuosos such as Sid McGinnis, John Medeski,
Rodney Holmes, and Tony Levin) through your favorite pair of woofers. Moon Haw music
Jude Gold
Associate Editor
Guitar Player Magazine

Jude Gold


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