Paul Wertico Trio: Don't Be Scared Anymore
The opening "Clybourn Strut" kicks off the affair in high gear, sounding like a herd of rhinos have commandeered a New Orleans second line. Next Moulder serves up musky late-night blues. Hochberg is thankfully up-front in the mix instead of playing second fiddle as is a bassist’s usual fate. His swooping runs lead the safari behind drum surges on "African Sunset." His overdubbed arco and pizzicato basses drive "The Visit," which is flavored by rainstick and cymbal shimmers. "Long Journey’s End" sounds more like an invigorated beginning as it bounds hell-bent for leather. "Justa Little Tuna" reminds me, of all things, of some of the folky little compositions proffered by the Art Ensemble of Chicago in their middle ECM period.
This album is like the soundtrack to the world’s coolest vacation; let it take you along for the ride.
Track Listing: Clybourn Strut; The Underground; African Sunset; The Visit; Liftoff; Long Journey’s End; Taliaville; Justa Little Tuna; Testament.
Personnel: John Moulder: guitar; Eric Hochberg: basses, guitars, trumpet (8); Paul Wertico: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Premonition Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock