Big, big gary Willis fan. I've always appreciated how he has been able to combine monster technique with a really head-bobbing groove approach to fusion. Some of the early to mid Tribal Tech stuff is among my favorite fusion of all. Then, towards the end, Tribal Tech got a little compositionally "free", which appealed to me less. Willis then released his first two solo recordings, "No Sweat" and "Bent". Both of them, but "Bent" in particular, are truly outstanding among electric jazz albums with a bass player as the bandleader. Many of the tunes are memorable, the collaborations were well chosen, and the whole recordings were just listenable to my ears. Then, last year, Willis released recordings with his group Slaughterhouse 3 and his newest solo, "Actual Fiction". I own both of these, but I like neither of them. Compared to Willis' previous outings, both as a bandleader and a group member, these are cacophonous, lack thematic focus, and really don't even contain bass playing on the same level. Perhaps Willis has just taken his act in an artistic direction that is not as appealing to me as what he has done in the past. If that's what it is, that's what it is. But I wonder what other people have thought of Willis' recent work.