Teddy Presberg: Outcries From A Sea Of Red (2010)
Presberg wraps relatively simple, yet catchy melody lines into bluesy struts and medium-tempo funk grooves, all tinged with his resonating guitar licks. The musicians rev it up on occasion amid some edgy improvisational exercises. However, the leader fuses a deep-rooted groove with lyrical and rangy guitar parts that abet the overall harmonic structures of a given theme. In effect, Presberg's alignment of deep-funk with psychedelic rock musings equate to a compelling listen.
The guitarist fuses old time hard-rock treatments with a bubbly pulse and tears it up with Stevens on "Saint Louis." In other spots, Presberg renders Delta blues motifs while keyboardist Chris Stevenson injects a jazz influence and a few antiquated synth sounds into the mix. Ultimately, Presberg doesn't overstate his cause via these shuffles and mid-tempo boogaloos that are wondrously driven and shaded by his oscillating guitar lines and blasts from yesteryear. No doubt, he's a unique performer and warrants widespread recognition, partly due to his clever integration of time-honored guitar techniques and sustainable compositions. He seldom fails to entertain.
Track Listing: $4/Gal; Politics; Free Love Redux; Timebomb; Naturally; Beyond Busted; Nancy; Theme De La Rouge; Delmar Blues; Bella's Boogaloo; Saint Louis; Cornbread Middle West; Thanks Maw; Juicy Peach; Passion; Outcries from a Sea of Red.
Personnel: Teddy Presberg: vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion; Jim Stevens: alto saxophone; Chris Stevenson: piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ; Randy Boyce: vibraphone; Grover Stewart: drums; Shlomo Ovadya: bass, percussion; Eric Nolley: drums; Grover Stewart: drums; Nathan Frost: percussion; Bella Presberg: percussion.
Record Label: Outright Music