Published since 2001
Considering himself a modern day 'Jazz Explorer' Mark continues to discover new and exciting music territories.
Green Light is a trio based in Charlotte, North Carolina and if the recordings of guitarists Charlie Hunter and John Scofield (in 2002 Uberjam mode) tickle your fancy, then the infectious jazz-rock of GL's Patient Like The Moon may fit the bill too.
The set of fifteen songs shifts into gear with the danceable "Action Packed, anchored with a funky back beat provided by bassist Dustin Hofsess and drummer Adam Snow, and styled with crunching fret work by guitarist Kevin Gill. Having played together for over five years now, GL's cohesiveness is marked by a full sound (without the use of heavy overdubs) and the subtle use of electronic enhancements.
This approach is vividly demonstrated on "Surfing Outside Myself, which opens with a sweet drum intro then spots Gill alternating between a variety of guitar sounds: gnarly fuzzed tones, James Brown funk and Hendrix rock styling. The song concludes with an interesting percussion and electronica coda. The trio's range covers a wide territory, from the grungy blues attitude of "Keep The Faith to the nice Latin feel on "For Tony. Other memorable pieces are spread throughout and include "Patient Like The Moon and "Swimming Pool Of Bliss where Gill's fine picking echoes the late guitarist Steve Ray Vaughn.
Crying And Laughing
Tracks: Little Devil; Octopus Pants; New Day; In The Wind; Quintisms; Feeding Time; Esopus; Crying And Laughing; Homeward.
Personnel: Joel Newton: guitar; Ben Stivers: keyboards; Toshi Someya: bass; Eric Halvorson: drums.
Patient Like The Moon
Tracks: Action Packed; Surfing Outside Myself; Be, Hear...Now; Keep The Faith; Bell Of Mindfulness; Patient Like The Moon; Swimming Pool Of Bliss; Ballerina Skeleton; Rose Of Sharon; Love Will Sanctify the Devil's Stomping Ground; Samba For Róisin; For Tony; 'Til Death Do Us Part; Intimacy; Wisdom.
Personnel: Kevin Gill: guitar; Dustin Hofsess: bass; Adam Snow: drums.
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