Monday, March 27, 2006

Gary Young: Visceral

Local Bay-area players get together for some relaxing soulful music on Gary Young's Visceral. Guitar, Fender Rhodes, bass, and drums - played by Dan Nieckarz, Adam Shulman, Gary Young, and Tim Bulkley* respectively.

It's sort-of jam-jazz music, gets into relaxing grooves (the relaxing feeling arising initally from the sound of the warm Rhodes and jazz guitar) and puts you in a nice space for several minutes at a time. The third track Faithful adds some female vocals (Janna Mordan) to add a nice extra in this relaxing set. The drums add some drive to some of the tracks, but nothing over-the-top or out-of-place. The compositions are mostly simple forms, semi-static in places but with room for the melody line to move around, and with enough happening by the supporting rhythm section to keep the groove interesting. The last track (Visceral) gets things moving a bit more than the rest, sounding a bit like fusiony, Chick Corea-type stuff.

I'm not sure if you can find this album easily but here is Gary Young's myspace and website - you can listen to samples there.

* As an aside, I've seen Tim Bulkley play drums a few times here and there in the Bay Area, and always been absolutely amazed.

1 comment:

Gary Young said...

I stumbled across this review today while I was googling for Dan's web site.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and to write about it. It's good to know that you're listening. That there are people out there who are listening.

Much appreciated.

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