Seattle, Washington based instrumental Jazz Fusion band, the Polyrhythmics has a new album out, Polyrhythmics - Caldera and it is delectable! This talented 8-piece band brings a cohesive and freshness to this instrumental release that has a cutting-edge vibe that they recorded live with all members playing concurrently, which for the listener has the feel of sitting in a concert venue. The band wrote all 12-tracks on the release and it is definitely worth giving it many a listen.
Polyrhythmics - Caldera
Polyrhythmics - Caldera: Goldie's
Road, Spider Wolf, Marshmallow Man, Cactus Blossom, Au Jus, Journey to Caldera,
Dragon Lotion, Compound, Bowling Green, Lord Of The
Fries, Vodka For My Goat, Stargazer
Personnel: Ben Bloom - guitar, Grant Scruff - drums, Jason Gray - bass, Nathan Spicer - keyboards, Lalo
Bello - percussion, Karl Olson -
percussion, R. Scott Morning -
trumpet, piano, Arthur Brown - tenor
sax, flute, Elijah Clark - trombone,
Jon Hansen - tuba (Cactus Blossom)
The Polyrhythmics - Caldera was
produced by Polyrhythmics and Jason Gray.
Based in Seattle, Washington, the Polyrhythmics is an 8-piece
instrumental Jazz Fusion band and Caldera is the band's follow-up to their highly acclaimed third album Octagon.
Ben Bloom explains the name of the release as, "A caldera is a term for
what's left after a volcano erupts. It like an apropos album title considering
where we are as a band right now. The last album was this explosion onto the
scene for us, a statement of who we are and what we're here to do, and this one
feels like a simmering crater that comes into focus once all that smoke
Caldera opens with the track,
Goldie's Road written by Elijah Clark
which has an underwater otherworldly feel to the opening, followed by Spider Wolf written by Grant Shroff has
the excitement of a circus; Marshmallow
Man, written by Grant Schroff and Arthur Brown, opens with amazing horns
that set the mood and pace for this take it slow and easy piece with nice
keyboards interspersed throughout.
The release segues into Cactus Blossom,
written by R. Scott Morning, and continues the slow groove and shows the polish
on the apple of the musicianship, and is another great track with Jon Hansen
layering in some fine tuba. Ben Bloom and R. Scott Morning take over co-writing
duties on the track, Au Jus, which shines
with its rich horn elements then slides into fabulous Funk.
Journey to Caldera, a Ben
Bloom and R. Scott Morning composition, is another well composed piece that
flows so well and shows how the band has continued to evolve and grow with
their range of music. Keyboards and percussion work their magic with the horn
section on this one to create something magical.
Next up is Dragon Lotion,
written by Nathan Spicer, which has a Latin feel to it with its dance rhythms
and plays like a dream. Compound written
by Grant Schroff and R. Scott Morning has a playfulness with its impressive
guitars and horn punctuation.
Bowling Green written by R.
Scott Morning, continues the Latin fusion energy going and has some powerful
horns segments. Lord Of The Fries
written by Grant Schroff, has a percussion and guitar intro that leads to keyboards
and has rich harmony of a big band of 8 musicians playing together and
culminates in a fabulous duo of horns and drum solo.
Vodka For My Goat written by
Arthur Brown and Grant Shroff is a high energy get-up-out-of-your-seat-and-dance
track that brings on the Funk featuring a great bass interlude by Jason Gray. The
release closes with the Jason Gray song, Stargazer, which tiptoes slowly to
intrigue, entrance, and enchant the listener. Well worth many a listen - just
keep hitting the play button.
Until next time, keep enjoying the music!
Polyrhythmics - Caldera as well as information on upcoming tour dates,
please visit the website: www.polyrhythmics.com
Listen to a teaser: http://www.polyrhythmics.com/#listen
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