If the Mahavishnu Orchestra were to play the blues, it might sound something like this.
Chi composed "First Strike" not long after we first moved to L.A. in early 2006. He was struggling to get an insanely difficult bass part under his fingers for what was supposed to be an international touring gig that fell apart for some inexplicable reason as such things generally tend to and got frustrated with it, so he came up with a really fucked up bass line in a blues pattern with a quick tempo in an odd meter. He worked out the guitar part and main melodies and overall architecture of the piece much later...very recently, in fact -- Oct. 2013.
released 14 April 2014
Music composed by Chi Saito
Guitar & bass tracks performed by Chi Saito
Violin tracks performed by Brenda K
Drums programmed by Brenda K, composed by Chi
c. 2013 p. 2014
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