Jonas Hellborg
Octave of the Holy Innocents


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by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
April 16th, 2010 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


Born in 1958, Jonas Hellborg is Swedish born bass guitarist. Starting his career in the late 1970's, he was a strong part of the Swedish rock scene until he was asked to join famous jazz fusion group Mahavishnu in 1983. He stayed with the band for five years, but eventually left in order to pursue a solo career. In the early 90's, he started a recording studio with the famous Bill Laswell, where he was introduced to frequent Laswell collaborator Buckethead. Together, along with drummer Mike Shrieve, they released the excellent Octave of the Holy Innocents in 1993.

While most collaborations that feature Buckethead are usual still vehicles fueled by his lightning speed solos, Octave of the Holy Innocents is most definitely a more band oriented effort. Every band member is on the top of their game, and it really shows. Throughout the album, Jonas displays a technical proficiency that is utterly jawdropping; his bass solo on "Death That Sleeps With Them", combines slap bass techniques with common finger picking techniques, to outstanding results. On opening song,"Rana and Fara" his basslines go from groove filled, thumping lines to more serene flowing lines. Helping those transitions from chaotic to serene is percussionist Mike Shrieve, whose flawless technique steers the direction of the album. Although always following a beat, his playing is extremely unpredictable, with random fills permeating the solid drum lines at any given moment. Buckethead also has his moments, combining traditional jazz with moments of blues such as on "Death That Sleeps With Them" and even Spanish fusion on the track "Child King". "Rana and Fara" even gives him a chance to shred acoustically, fulfilling the usual expectations of his playing.

Overall, Octave of the Holy Innocents is an crazy ride, from jazz's usual spontaneity, to it's calming, slower passages. While this trio, never had the chance to record again, this collaboration will live on, remaining to be a hidden gem in their discographies.



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TheSpirit
April 16th 2010


17927 Comments


I like jazz. Short review for a short album, very good stuff though, check it out.

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Lambda
April 16th 2010


2449 Comments


Loving all the Buckethead-related reviews, keep it up.

TheSpirit
April 16th 2010


17927 Comments


Have you heard this Lambda?

TheSpirit
April 17th 2010


17927 Comments


I'll take that as a no

TheSpirit
December 15th 2010


17927 Comments


listening to this for the first time since my last buckethead stint... awesome.

Lambda
December 15th 2010


2449 Comments


Naw I've never heard this, want to though.

Late reply lol

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012


16056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

brilliant

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TheSpirit
October 11th 2012


17927 Comments


Two years later and someone has finally heard this!

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012


16056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

heard it long time back but only been on sput for 2 months, ill try and finish that time machine i was working on



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