CD Review: Elephant Wrecking Ball "Barren Serenade"

Bass clef heaven by way of Berklee and Brooklyn.
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Bass clef heaven by way of Berklee and Brooklyn. EWB (trombonist Scott Flynn, drummer Neal Evans, and bassist Dan Africano) describe themselves as a monophonic trio trying to sound as big as a power trio. Mission accomplished on their debut studio disc, as Evans and Africano (subsonic on his P-Bass with a Gibson EB pickup) deliver deep, fat, dub, funk, and fuzz-rock grooves for Flynn’s ambient, effects-enhanced trombone. Tracks like “Stomp, Stomp, Stomp” and “Mountain Lion” pivot on the compelling counterpoint between bass and ’bone, while “This Is How We Slow Dance” morphs into free jazz, but there’s also the pure melody and sympathetic support of “Erin’s Song.”


CD Review: "Jeff Sipe Trio"

The veteran Atlanta drummer/bandleader (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jonas Hellborg) fronts his head-turning new Southern fuze unit, with nimble neophytes Taylor Lee on 6-string bass and Mike Seal on guitar.

CD Review: Hiromi "Alive"

Having made three recordings and played countless concerts with Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, gifted piano goddess Hiromi set out to capture the super-trio’s live spontaneity and vivacity on her latest studio effort.

CD Review: "Mocean Worker"

Encouraged by Marcus Miller, with whom he has recorded and performed (most recently on “I Can’t Breathe” from Miller’s Afrodeezia), DJ Mocean Worker puts his considerable bass skills front and center for the first time on his latest house/electro-swing effort.

CD: Review: "Ryan Adams"

While we await Tal Wilkenfeld’s singer/songwriter second album, there’s no doubt she has immersed herself in the craft, appearing on upcoming recordings with Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, and Joe Walsh, and here providing the bottom for Ryan Adams’ impressive first effort in three years.