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Ryan Burns: Postponed Parade

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Ryan Burns: Postponed Parade
Keyboardist Ryan Burns' Postponed Parade happened, in large part, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The vexing virus that hit us in 2020 made getting together difficult and dangerous—for music-making or anything else. So here is what Burns did: During Covid-19 times he recorded and released a single tune each month, from May to October 2020. These sessions took place in his contributing musicians' houses, with the exception of "Shoreline," recorded in a studio, but with everyone in a separate room. It pays to be careful.

Every tune features a different line-up, with some repeat appearances, notably drummer Matt Jorgensen—Origin Records honcho and leader of the group MJ+451, where Burns plays—who shows up on three tunes. His house was probably one of the ad hoc studios. A cohesion of Burns' vision is the glue; all of the tunes have a modernistic, groove-oriented sound.

The disc opens with the funky "Up & Up," sounding like a James Brown back-up band, featuring some up-from-the-gut sax work (tenor and baritone) from Skerik, while "Boogaloo Bird" explores the classic organ trio sound, and "Nightschool" displays a cool-toned, MJ+451 vibe, leading into "Subdued Mood," featuring Thione Diop's talking drums, shakers and cowbells dancing with the deep flutterings and seismic bumps of Burns' electric bass, and the sparkle of the keyboards.

"Shoreline" is a particularly engaging tune, with the sweet sting and luminescent sustain of Brian Monroney's electric guitar and a thicket of Jorgensen's percussive intricacies, along with Monroney's subtle, "with strings"-like guitar washes on this modern jukebox of a recording, proving something good can come of a bothersome quarantine.

Track Listing

Up & Up; Boogaloo Bird; Night School; Subdued Mood; Postponed Parade; Shoreline; Bacon and Eggs.

Personnel

Ryan Burns: piano; Skerik: saxophone; Mark Taylor - Saxophone: saxophone; Steve Treseler: saxophone; Brian Monroney: guitar; Jason Goessl: guitar; Cole Schuster: guitar; Emmanuel del Casal: bass, electric; Jeff Fielder: guitar; Michael Glynn: bass, acoustic; Geoff Harper: bass, acoustic; Matt Jorgensen: drums; Jacob Herring : trombone; Thione Diop: drums; Max Holmberg: drums.

Additional Instrumentation

Ryan Burns: keyboards, electric bass; Skerik: saxophones (1); Mark Taylor: saxophone (3); Steve Treseler: saxophone (5, 7); Jacob Herring, trombone (3) ; Jeff Fielder: guitar (1); Brian Monroney: guitar (6); Cole Schuster: guitar (2): Jason Goessl (5): guitar; Michael Glynn: acoustic bass (5, 6) Emmanuel Del Casal: electric bass (1); Geoff Harper, acoustic bass (7); Matt Jorgensen, drums (3, 5, 6); Max Holmberg, drums (1, 2, 7); Thione Diop, percussion (4).

Album information

Title: Postponed Parade | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: Odd Bird Records

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