This is a harsh world we live in but seeing an amazing young talent falling victim to ruthless illness makes it a real wilderness. Jason Becker was a guitarist loved by many who fill his wilderness with warmth and voice. All profits from this double CD tribute go directly to Jason struggling with Lou Gehrig's disease. Paying homage to Becker's work, it's mostly a guitarists effort, and the line of admirers stretch from lesser-known players to big names. Steve Morse takes part in one of the special dedications to the genius, COSMOSQUAD's mighty "A Jam For Jason" that Jeff Kaufmann wrote and shared with Morse, Vinnie Moore (a maginifient acoustic lace!), Jeff Watson and Chris Poland, while Paul Gilbert unwinds magic "Hawking" and Marty Friedman soloes lonely in "Black Stallion Jam", previosly split with Jason. Vocals-wise, except for "Tell The Truth" that HAVEN's Pamme, Johnny Lima and Robin McAuley lead, there's just one standout track, a take on "Hammerhead Shark" by Mark Boals, the only singer on offer to fit in David Lee Roth's class, and Lion Music's Lars Eric Mattson, a man behind the project.
The material herein reflects all facets of Becker's work: STORMWIND opt for hard rocking "A Little Ain't Enough", Torben Enevoldsen touches vibrantly classical-tinged scales of "Attitudes", HIT THE GROUND RUNNIN' do the "Jasin Street" bluesy strut, all compiling the Becker-approved textbook for the young. Unlike speed-obsessed youth, there's a lot of deep emotions in Becker's world, compelling Paul Nelson-delivered "Blue", stately "Opus Pocus" from PROJECT ALCAZAR, delicate "Air" which Phi Ansari Zek & Lale Larson play and MISTHERIA-orchestrated "Urmila" write the rule of how symphonic should be translated into rock. That's the tradition inherited from Jeff Beck, the reason for the titles of "Becker's Bolero" given the Jeff Pilson light treatment and funky "Becker-Ola", here done by PUA.
Only five records - with Roth, Friedman and solo - under his belt, Jason Becker has immortalised himself in guitar scriptures, and whatever harsh, for him there's no wilderness but love, documented on these CDs. Go buy and add your quark of warmth.