There were enough syncopated rhythms, unusual time signatures and improvisational solos to label Joe Satriani's music as jazz-rock Wednesday night at the Bayou.
But then the guitarist would peel an agonized Hendrix-squawk out of his instrument and drummer Jonathan Mover would kick into a basic 4/4 rock beat, and the style would suddenly become a weird hybrid of fusion-metal.
After two hours of such stylistic changes, it became apparent to the standing-room-only crowd that Satriani's virtuoso guitar skills are beyond categorization.
Satriani's prowess was evident in more than just his ability to mix genres. By using his electronic effects wisely, he was able to create dynamics and intonations more closely associated with acoustic guitar.
On "Midnight," he used the subtle ping of harmonics and a two-handed tap technique to create a gentle rainlike atmosphere, while on "Ice 9" he employed electronic feedback to give the tune a buzzy hard-rock gnarl.
Satriani also graciously afforded his band members their own spotlight time. Mover's drum solo was well timed and full of strange tempos, and bassist Stuart Hamm leveled the audience with a combination of slap-and-pop funk and banjo-like picking that was the nicest surprise of the evening.