“Incitare” is a Pleasant Surprise from TOOL Drummer Danny Carey and Friends

Down the hill from Universal Studios Hollywood sits one of the best jazz clubs in the country. It’s one of those places where if you didn’t know it was there, you’d drive right by it without even blinking.

It’s in this club, the Baked Potato, where a melding of the musical minds took place.


When you think of Danny Carey, the words “jazz” and “fusion” don’t immediately come to mind.

Perhaps best known for his amazing percussion work with the Alt-Metal band TOOL, Carey heads up the jazz-fusion group “VOLTO!” along with guitar player John Ziegler (Bubbatron, Pigmy Love Circus), bassist Lance Morrison (Alanis Morrisette, Don Henley), and Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on keyboards.

Now, I need to say that I really wanted to find something to which I could compare this band (and album), but I had a very difficult time doing so.

At times, I thought it was a lot like another prog-rock supergroup, Liquid Tension Experiment (with Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci and Tony Levin) but then, just when I thought I was right, the band would take the music in another direction. Sure, at times, you could hear the TOOL influence from Carey, but then the music would take another left turn and sound like something from Jeff Beck, or dare I even say The Doors?


Needless to say, this 9-track album is fantastic. I started listening to it with zero expectations, really because I had no idea what to expect from it!

I had seen the name “Volto” pop up on the calendar for the Baked Potato every couple of months or so, and I always found it interesting that Danny Carey was always sitting in with all of these jazz/fusion groups. Little did I know that he’s actually a very accomplished jazz drummer, having played with various jazz bands in college and around Kansas City growing up. Plus, it seems that John Ziegler is a regular at the Potato, performing with Bubbatron, as well as sitting in with several other groups that play there on a regular basis.

I suggest that, if you get the chance, check out the iTunes Music Store, or your favorite music retailer for that matter, and get a copy of this album. It’s got a little of something for everyone. (Though no Mega Man, zombie or Segway references.)

You can get all the latest news on VOLTO! on their website.

-By Zak Winnick