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Nine tracks running 1:22 to the 14:32 gem, “Where Reason Steps”, offer zany, spacedout, twistedly rockish, Zappaesque works of strong guitars, adept synthworks, decent percussion, and apt bass. Fans of guitardom will remember Vai’s Flex-able and Ron Thal’s The Adventures of Bumblefoot, each offering peppy, fun-rock, tongue-in-cheek, melodic-riffage, and general guitar abandon. There’s plenty of that early on here but Bagsby go much further creating fully augmented and orchestrated compositions with warped synth snippets and extended side-trips into extreme whacky-ville or vision-land. At times you may get that Neil Nappe/( July ) flashback going. Bagsby even offers a very brief moments of manipulated male and female vox with lysergic flavorings. This guy has a plethora if interesting ideas a veritable smorgasbord of sonic treats. This is recommended lightheartedly fun trippy-good stuff. Enjoy a Tibbetts-ian acoustic interlude with IASOS synths or a piano/symphonic synth outro. You’ll folks rebelling against mainstream, bored-to-tears pop or a myriad of noodling progmetal whankfests need to take a little diversion in Bagsby’s world. This appears upfront to be a “homemade” production, CD graphix and all, yet the essential essence of great music is to be found track after track. Long live independent releases like this one! Slick job there, Bagsby! High recommendations.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.