Dennis Chambers Returns with new Niacin Album
After a seven-year hiatus, instrumental fusion super-group, Niacin— featuring legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth), world-renowned drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament Funkadelic) and acclaimed keyboardist John Novello (Chick Corea, Ritchie Cole) — have returned with the release of their new studio album, Krush, which hit the shelves just last week, courtesy of Prosthetic Records. Krush is Niacin’s 6th studio album, their first since 2005’s Organik, and the recording session, which took place in September of 2012, served as the first time the band has reconvened since 2006. Nicain’s Krush is now available on iTunes.
For the last several years, in wake of Niacin’s absence, Dennis Chambers has been performing an unprecedented juggling act that would make most musician’s head spin. Then again, for a living legend like Dennis Chambers, it’s simply the norm. With his main gig serving as the backbone to one of the biggest international music icons of all time, Carlos Santana, Dennis’ schedule is filled with tours stopping in the world’s biggest and most famous stadiums, with his rare off days being filled with studio sessions, drum clinics, and tours with various jazz-funk artists. What makes Dennis so high in demand is his pure dominance behind the kit, tastefully and flawlessly executing each hit with precision, excellence, and fluidity. Dennis requested a Reference Series kit for the Niacin recording, relying on the same shell specifications of the Reference Series Recipe, mixed with his traditionally higher pitched tuning method, to achieve the signature tones that have become synonymous with his name. Dennis’ specs are as follow:
Granite Sparkle (194)
22x18 bass drum
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 Reference Series snare
14x6.5 Dennis Chambers Signature Snare
The moniker “Niacin” — the common name of the vitamin B3 — refers to the integral musical role played by the Hammond B-3 organ in shaping the band's sound, described by All Music Guide as "part acid jazz, part progressive rock, and part jazz-rock fusion." Inspired by the likes of Return to Forever and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the group released their debut album in 1996 on Stretch, the label of jazz legend Chick Corea (who later wrote and performed on a track on Niacin's second album). With each member already firmly established in their respective genres, the band set out to form a new sound combining their jazz and rock roots, mixed with inspiration from B-3 legends such as Blind Faith, Keith Emerson, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep). As the buzz spread, the group toured the world periodically over the following decade, during which they released four additional critically acclaimed albums featuring such notable guests as Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) and TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather.
For more information on Niacin, and to keep up to date about future tour plans, please be sure to visit their official website, www.NiacinB3.com. Also be sure to pick up a copy of their new album, Krush, which is available now!