," he concludes. "That's the stuff that feels real to me and it's always been that way."
After his musical education at Berklee, Clouser relocated to Baja, Mexico, to simultaneously pursue his muse and a less frantic lifestyle. The first two albums he released from the Baja so impressively caught the ear of trumpet conceptualist Steven Bernstein
are the primary solo instruments on A Love Electric.
In the opening "Serenity Now," Clouser demonstrates his diverse, almost encyclopedic, guitar approach while his tune descends into a chaotic free guitar/trumpet duel passage until the crack of the unifying downbeat steers the ensemble safely home. "Curtis" exercises a steamy soul-jazz-rock workout with hot trumpet blasting like artillery fire. "Brass Suite 1970" busts out the funk from that same decade: drummer Greg Schutte
churns up its undertow, and Clouser's guitar continually nudges farther and deeper into blues-rock space.
Clouser's Hammond organ/guitar blues shuffle "Littlest Number" swings from the frame of his phased-reverb guitar hook. "The Border at Pachacan" seems to return Clouser to Mexico, a colorful panorama decorated with acoustic piano and percussion that accent its Latin tinge so evocatively that you can imagine Booker T. & the MGs jamming this tune in a Mexican cantina. Guitar and companion trumpets next paint a somber "Autumn City Portrait."
A Love Electric also reworks two tunes by notable pop songwriters, "One" (popularized by Three Dog Night
but written by Harry Nilsson) and Clouser's closing guitar soliloquy on Leonard Cohen's aching "Hallelujah."
Clouser also works as an advocate and educator for the arts in Mexico through his non-profit organization Arts Day Out.
Track Listing: Serenity Now; Meet me at the Polo Grounds; Curtis; Bobby White in the City; The Habit Kick; Jimena; Littlest Number; The Border at Pachacan; Autumn City Portrait; One; Brass Suite 1970; Mo City Kid; Hallelujah.
Personnel: Todd Clouser: guitars; Gordy Johnson: bass; Greg Schutte: drums; Bryan Nichols: Rhodes; Steven Bernstein: trumpet; Julio de la Cruz: piano; Jason Craft: Hammond B-3; Adam Linz: bass; Kelly Rossum: trumpet.