Thursday, August 13, 2015

CD Review: Drummer Extraodinaire Anton Fig Pulls Together "Figments" For First Solo Album

South African born musician Anton Fig has drummed for practically every rock artist from Kiss to Bob Dylan and was also the house drummer for David Letterman's late-night show from 1986 until his retirement. Having been in the music industry for almost 40 years, Fig though it was about time to release his first solo album and he invited a bunch of friends along to help him out.

The new thirteen-song release will be available on August 14th through Planula Records and was produced by Fig himself. He opens the album with the progressive rock feel of "Home" which features Blondie Chaplin (Beach Boys) on lead vocals. Chaplin appears on three of the album's songs including "Hand On My Shoulder," which features backing vocals from fellow Beach Boy, Brian Wilson. The late-Richie Havens sings lead on "More Than Friends," which has a bit of a Latin-flair, while the hard rock of "Know Where You Go" is the perfect setting for Fig to show off his chops alongside Ace Frehley and Sebastian Bach. He visits his home country of Africa with the international feel of "3:4 Folk," before bringing in the funk for the fun-filled "Jan/Feb/March." Singer/songwriter Chip Taylor lends his vocals to the wonderfully meaningful delivery of "When The Good Die Young" and Al Kooper along with the late-Donald "Duck" Dunn give their all to the country/rock of "Anyway That You Want Me." The album closes with the space-rock instrumental "KWYG II" performed by the trio of Anton Fig on drums, Chris Palmero on organ and Oz Noy on guitar. To find out more about Anton Fig and his latest release "Figments," please visit his website at antonfig.com.

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