Friday, September 4, 2015

Brian Ellis Group "Escondido Sessions"

Country: USA
LabelEl Paraiso Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateSeptember 4, 2015
  1. Via De Mi Rancho - 8:11
  2. Too Late For Georgia's - 10:02
  3. On Petersen's Corner - 6:00
  4. Memories of Pubby - 11:21
Brian Ellis (Astra): Fender Rhodes Piano, Hammond L-122 Organ, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Minimoog, Moog Subphatty
David Hurley: Congas & Percussion
Michael Hams: Drums & Percussion
Patrick Shiroishi: Alto & Soprano Saxophone
Paul Marrone: Drums, Percussion, Guitar
Trevor Mast: Bass

Along with members from Radio Moscow, Corima and Psicomagia, Brian has cooked up two vinyl sides of seriously vital jazz-rock, taking up where Miles Davis, Tony Williams and Donald Byrd left off in the seventies. This music is a far cry from the self-absorbed European free-jazz or academic noodling one is likely to meet at any given jazz festival - no, this music is earthy, like, say, Hendrix at Woodstock, or Miles’ Live Evil - a pinnacle challenge of the past that has never met any really satisfying response from contemporary music.

There’s that unique sense of percussive drift that characterized Can’s records in the first half of the seventies - somehow extravagant, yet also subtle at the same time. The warmth of Brian’s sun-dried Rhodes and cosmic Moog-lines intertwine with Patrick Shiroishi’s Coltrane-inspired soprano arabesques. Trevor Mast’s thick bass lines and a multitude of tribalistic percussion keep it together along with a naturalistic crisp-sounding recording. It all adds up to a soulful tour de force of everything that’s great about the current San Diego scene. To be played loudly. 

Via De Mi Rancho

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