Centrifugal Funk

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Centrifugal Funk
The Mark Varney Project - 1991 - Centrifugal Funk.jpg
Studio album by The Mark Varney Project
Released 1991 (1991)
Recorded Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California; Kiva Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 61:18
Label Legato
Producer Mark Varney, Jimmy Earl
The Mark Varney Project chronology
Truth in Shredding
(1990)Truth in Shredding1990
Centrifugal Funk
Alternative cover
2004 remastered edition
2004 remastered edition

Centrifugal Funk is the second and final studio album by the Mark Varney Project (MVP), released in 1991 through Legato Records; a remastered edition was reissued in 2004 through Tone Center Records.[1] This incarnation of the group is a collaboration between guitarists Frank Gambale, Brett Garsed and Shawn Lane.[2] It consists primarily of covers of existing jazz fusion compositions, save for one track performed by Lane—"Lane's Blitz"—which he later dismissed as an impromptu warm-up rather than a planned solo, and thus his dislike for it.[3] Varney, however, disputes Lane's version of events.[2]

The cover art on the original release features a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer to listeners: "Warning: Contains guitar performances of unparalleled speed, taste and virtuosity. Not for the faint of heart!", while the back cover has an invitation from Varney asking fans to send in demo tapes of potential guitarists for his label, in return for a named mention within the credits on a future album, as well as five Legato releases mailed to them for free.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Robert Taylor at AllMusic gave Centrifugal Funk three stars out of five, calling it "an exhausting listen" and the songs "fairly weak". Praise was given to the individual talents of Gambale, Garsed and Lane, while criticism was directed at drummer Joey Heredia. "Hey Tee Bone" and "Love Struck" were listed as highlights.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Actual Proof" Herbie Hancock 7:38
2. "So What" Miles Davis 9:44
3. "Hey Tee Bone" Tony Fisher, Timothius Davis 5:33
4. "Tokyo Blue" Najee, Morris Pleasure 7:20
5. "Splatch" M. Davis 11:59
6. "Elegant People" Wayne Shorter 9:59
7. "Lane's Blitz" Shawn Lane 0:36
8. "Lovestruck" Jesse Johnson 8:29
Total length: 61:18



  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Robert. "Centrifugal Funk - MVP". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  2. ^ a b Monk, Laurie (2010-06-13). "Mark Varney: Legato interview with Laurie Monk". Truth In Shredding. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  3. ^ Hallebeek, Richard (March–April 2001). "Shawn Lane + lesson". richardhallebeek.com. Retrieved 2015-07-08.

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