Truth in Shredding

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Truth in Shredding
The Mark Varney Project - 1990 - Truth in Shredding.jpg
Studio album by
The Mark Varney Project
Released1990 (1990)
StudioSilverlake Sound Studios, Los Angeles; The Brewery, North County, San Diego; Front Page Recorders, Costa Mesa
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerMark Varney, Frank Gambale
The Mark Varney Project chronology
Truth in Shredding
Centrifugal Funk

Truth in Shredding is the first studio album by the Mark Varney Project (MVP), released in 1990 through Legato Records[1] and reissued on November 4, 2003, through Tone Center Records. MVP was a short-lived collaborative project put together by Mark Varney, brother of Shrapnel Records founder Mike Varney. Mark founded Legato in the 1980s, which served as a jazz-oriented counterpart to the rock stylings of Shrapnel.[2] This line-up of the group features guitarists Frank Gambale and Allan Holdsworth. Besides one track written by Gambale, the rest are covers of existing jazz fusion compositions.

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Robert Taylor at AllMusic awarded Truth in Shredding four stars out of five, calling it "a very intense fusion recording that can be an intimidating listen both in terms of technique and the consistent intensity maintained throughout." He recommended it for fans of jazz fusion, progressive and heavy metal, and particularly for younger fans of guitar music, saying they "will appreciate the extended solos and lack of any commercial hooks here." While highlighting Gambale and Holdsworth's outstanding playing abilities, Taylor noted that they "quickly run out of ideas and continuously revert back to familiar territory". Tom Brechtlein's drumming was praised as a "fine performance".[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."Rocks"Randy Brecker7:01
2."Humpty Dumpty"Chick Corea6:31
3."The Fall"Wayne Shorter8:15
4."Not Ethiopia"Michael Brecker9:36
5."New Boots"Frank Gambale6:24
6."Ana Maria"Shorter9:15
7."Bathsheba"M. Brecker8:16
Total length:55:08



  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Robert. "Truth in Shredding - Allan Holdsworth / Frank Gambale / MVP / Mark Varney Project". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  2. ^ Monk, Laurie (13 June 2010). "Mark Varney: Legato interview with Laurie Monk". Truth In Shredding. Retrieved 9 April 2020.

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