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The Security Project offers spellbinding show at the Tralf Music Hall

Security Project

The Security Project

The Tralf Music Hall

Monday

by Jeff Miers

News Pop Music Critic

The Security Project, a repertory ensemble dedicated to the music of Peter Gabriel, performed a twin-set show at the Tralf Music Hall on Monday evening. Despite the frigid temperatures – and, let’s face it, the fact that it was Monday evening, always a tough night to haul yourself out to clubland – the Tralf was well populated with fans of Gabriel’s solo work and, of course, disciples of his tenure as frontman non pareil with Genesis.

The Security Project is the brainchild of renowned drummer Jerry Marotta, who was the man responsible for the genre-bursting tribal thump that informed Gabriel’s tour behind his early 80s effort “Security”. Marotta assembled an impressive lineup of respected virtuosos to aid him in the interpretation of Gabriel’s music from the “Security” period, which was a daring blend of progressive, alternative and world-beat sounds married to incisive lyrical imagery.  

Trey Gunn, formerly of King Crimson, is a master of the Warr Guitar – a 12 string hybrid of a bass and a guitar that is played with both hands on the fingerboard, primarily – and on Monday night, he contributed that mastery to what turned out to be a stellar interpretation of Gabriel’s work.  The bass lines, handled by Gabriel bassist/Chapman Stick player Tony Levin originally, are of major significance in Gabriel’s music of this period, as they provide much of the drama and rhythmic tension. Gunn brought his own take on Levin’s original work to the table, and he played beautifully throughout.

Keyboardist David Jameson, guitarist Fuzzbee Morse – who has worked with Lou Reed and Jaco Pastorius – and singer Brian Cummins rounded out the lineup.

Cummins is an agile singer with a range very similar to Gabriel’s, and he positively nailed his parts throughout the show, covering a broad range of material, from the keening high notes of “San Jacinto” to the breathy intonations of the haunting ode to poet Ann Sexton, “Mercy Street.”  

An early technical problem forced a derailing of “I Don’t Remember,” but once that bug was worked out, it was smooth sailing through several hours of daring, dramatic and beautifully detailed music, all of which sounded glorious within the inviting acoustic environs of the Tralf. Throwing a pair of songs from the legendary Genesis album “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” into the encore was a nice touch, too.

Here’s the setlist!

First Set:

The Family & the Fishing Net

I Have the Touch

Moribund the Burgermeister

Humdrum

I Don’t Remember

The Rhythm of the Heat

Mercy Street

No Self Control

Second Set:

San Jacinto

Intruder

Not One Of Us

Trey Gunn improvisation > Here Comes the Flood

On the Air

Fly On A Windshield

Back In NYC

 jmiers@buffnews.com

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