Recorded during a live appearance in Mainz, Germany and composed by bassist Jonas Hellborg with Shawn Lane, the program asks the question, "Is modern music really a universal language, or does one musical persona differ too much from the next?"
How do hard rockers fit into a Jazz scene? How do Country & Western or R&B singers manage? Can sidemen feel somewhat comfortable in any situation? Hellborg, a veteran artist with over 20 album releases, wanted to explore this topic. Since his music consists of improvised Jazz Fusion, the solution seems obvious. Just about any talented musician should be able to roll up his shirtsleeves, listen to the others, and share. We know all too well that it doesn't always work out that way. The key ingredient is inlistening to the others.
The trio's contemporary brand of fusion stretches out. One track is over 20 minutes long. Another runs for eleven and a half. Each of the three artists contributes in his own way. Hellborg seems to enjoy what he does. It's as if he were singing through the bass. Both guitarist Lane and drummer Jeff Sipe (who is also known as Apt. Q 258) have hard-core Pop Music credentials. The title track places lingering melody over a syncopated New Orleans shuffle rhythm. You can bet the audience was rockin' in their seats. It's one of those landscape albums, where the whole is greater than any particular instance. In other words, the three musical personae have melded into one.
Track Listing: Time is the Enemy; RAG B/B; Personae; Heretics; Hell Is Other People; Rice With the Angels.
Personnel: Jonas Hellborg: electric bass; Shawn Lane: electric guitar; Jeff Sipe: drums.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.