The music on this first volume of Streams of Consciousness was inspired by sixty hours of live recordings of Kush's 2003-4 gigs at Toronto's Potato Blues Supper Club. The quartet, which has been nominated for Group of the Year by Canada's Smooth Jazz Awards, pursues a smooth, jazz-fusion contemporary sound, using loops and samples to provide a breezy ambient-electronic touch. Trumpeter Bryden Baird serves as the prime soloist, entrenching his muted lines within warmly stated proclamations atop snappy backbeats. The ensemble's modus operandi might suggest that it's in no rush to get from point A to point B. And unlike many other offerings of this ilk, effects are used for a layered approach, allowing a delicate wall of sound to morph into a grand scenario. This endeavor is not tainted with an overabundance of wantonly exercised digital processes.
Baird and keyboardist Eddie Bullen engage in lightly soaring choruses solo atop medium-paced grooves laced with jazz-funk undercurrents. The band paints multihued and mood-evoking dreamscapes, all embedded within motifs regenerated from primary melodies. They don't re-engineer the road frequently traveled. However, the quartet's strength resides within its gently tempered movements and ability to portray a scenic musical portrait, solidified with an upbeat rationale.
Track Listing: Sweet 1 - 7.
Personnel: Etric Lyons: samples; Robert Sibony: drums, percussion, programming; Eddie Bullen:
keyboards; Bryden Baird: trumpet.
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.