Mist. Moss. Home. is the newest album by inventive indie jazz guitarist/composer Ryan Meagher. Consisting of eight original tracks, it caters to both jazz fans and college progressives. It showcases his talents in producing unconventional, inspiring music, supported by a lineup of top Portland artists.
"The Hipster's Folly" has a laid back vibe into it. The title could be in reference to Portland's reputation as a town of cool kids but there are no creative pretensions here. The song is focused on the beat, which is groovy and energetic, heightened by Tim Willcox' sax and Chris Higgins' bass, conjuring a playful and vibrant sound. The music is very much entertaining in every sense.
"Skip" is a song dedicated to make you feel cozy and at home, generating a sound that is relaxing and comfortable to the senses. Its melody has a stresseliminating sound that can lift the most sour of moods. Meagher delivers a precise and freeflowing performance, a wonderful tribute to his father.
"Platitudes (For Wayne Shorter and Alex Hoffman)" has a heavier sound compared to the other cuts on the CD. Its thick melodies are smooth, sexy, and seductive. Virtuoso playing is also evident through the superb string work; it's a true spellbinder.
Meagher navigates the album with grace and precision. His creativity overflows in every track and you can easily feel his passion to his own music. He is also flexible with his band, brewing unique flavors with razor-sharp skills.
The Hipster's Folly; First Place; Banter; Children in the Park; Skip; Vasona; Platitudes (For Wayne Shorter and Alex Hoffman); The Legend Continues....
Ryan Meagher: guitar, Wurlitzer electric piano, voice; Tim Willcox: sax, beer bottle; Chris Higgins: bass; Charlie Doggett: drums; Ben Turner: Wurlitzer electric piano.
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