126

Sean Wayland: Expensive Habit

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Sean Wayland: Expensive Habit From Sydney Australia, pianist/composer Sean Wayland delivers Expensive Habit, a crystalline view of his formidable skills. Unbeknownst to many, Wayland has been around the globe and studio for a number of years with numerous credits and a dozen recordings as a leader. But if you took the names of Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings or Joey Calderazzo, he is a player of the same high caliber.

Like many musicians persevering without label deals, Wayland has released his own music covering the gamut of classic jazz, popular and other genres. And while the production values of Expensive Habit clearly lack "bling and cosmetic bells and whistles, the music shines brightly on its own. Recorded in New York, it features Wayland supported by some dazzling players including saxophonists Donny McCaslin, Will Vinson and longtime associate, guitarist James Muller, also from Australia.

Fourteen originals of modern jazz that truly swing; things ignite like wild-fire. The tongue-in-cheek " Trane Plus Molly Equals Countdown" is a serious burning bopper, featuring Wayland's ingenious chops on acoustic piano supported by an unyielding rhythm section. One of its cousins "Arc Etude, is straight hard bop with fearless solos from Wayland, McCaslin's throaty tenor and fine picking from Muller.

Wayland proves equally adept when "plugged in mixing acoustic with synths on Beautiful, electronic keyboards on "Accept Your Life and computer on "Jochen Computer.

There's a lot to absorb, yet this is more than just a demo recording of Wayland's skills as a performer. There's insightful composition heard in "Grandmother Chord Repeat, a tune that moves through dangerous time signatures. A classic romantic quality on the ballad "Little Bay and a sense of techno-experimentation on "Surging Darkness and "Out They Go show Wayland's abilities across a variety of styles.

There's a view that "some jazz artists take themselves too seriously. Perception, packaging and persona may be relevant to an artist's exposure. What really matters in the end, is what the music brings to the listener. Expensive Habit most definitely provides high-quality with plenty of substance.

Track Listing: Trane Plus Molly Equals Countdown; Beautiful; Arc Etude; Accept Your Life; Oberheim; Little Bay; Wayland Solo; Grandmother Chord Repeat; Vibulator; Jochen Computer; Xpanda; Surging Darkness; Out They Go; Mcbride Transposed.

Personnel: Sean Wayland: acoustic piano, keyboards, synths, computer; Luca Benedetti: guitar; James Muller: guitar; Matt Penman: bass; Donny McCaslin: tenor sax; Will Vinson: alto sax; Chris Baumann: saxophone; Nick McBride: drums; Jochen Rueckert: drums.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Seed Music | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Petite Afrique CD/LP/Track Review Petite Afrique
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Soul Garden CD/LP/Track Review Soul Garden
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read The Authorized Bang Collection CD/LP/Track Review The Authorized Bang Collection
by Doug Collette
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read "Plays The Music Of Alvin P. Buckley" CD/LP/Track Review Plays The Music Of Alvin P. Buckley
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 16, 2016
Read "Quantum Man" CD/LP/Track Review Quantum Man
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: April 11, 2017
Read "Wild About You" CD/LP/Track Review Wild About You
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 2, 2016
Read "Expansions  Live" CD/LP/Track Review Expansions Live
by Budd Kopman
Published: October 23, 2016
Read "Functioning Broke" CD/LP/Track Review Functioning Broke
by Doug Collette
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "Vyamanikal" CD/LP/Track Review Vyamanikal
by Duncan Heining
Published: July 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!