Fluid, complex, and modern yet soulful, composer/bass man Feliciati’s latest disc, a concept album based on the life of koi fish, exists in a space somewhere between prog-rock and ambient. If the presence of former Japan drummer Steve Jansen and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto makes you think there might be electronics, odd-time grooves, tasteful dissonance, ethereal soundscapes, and sumptuously recorded fretless lines, you’d be right on the money. But when was the last time you heard a cool unison line between trombones and fuzzed-out fretless like the one on “Fish Bowl”?
CD Review: Damian Erskine "Within Sight"
On this collection of mostly Latin-flavored groove-based tunes, bass ninja/educator/author Damian Erskine teaches a masterclass in leading from the bottom, giving his bandmates plenty of space while delivering carefully chosen solos and flaunting sumptuously recorded fretted and fretless tones.