Exciting improvisational explorations Steve Rust and Brian Kastan – OLD SOUL: The more I listen to Brian Kastan’s exciting improvisational explorations, the more I’m reminded of sessions I heard (and performed on, way back in the day) with guitarist extraordinaire Davey Williams… though the song samples aren’t quite ready yet, Steve and Brian recorded a live video, so you’ll be able to watch them ride the sonic waves in all their glorious perfection:
…this recording was LIVE at Brian’s Kastan Art Space, but you’ll find MANY more superb performances when you SUBSCRIBE to Brian’s YouTube channel. If you’re a true lover of improvised music, this is a MUST, folks.
One of the songs on the album that had me tappin’ my “odd-ist” toes is “Bicyclic”… the tune starts off with some great harmonic changes from both Brian’s guitar and Steve’s bass/effects… again, if you’re as dedicated a fan of improvised music, this will warm the cockles of yo’ lil’ heart!
The 3:30 “The Nutmeg of Consolation” is in true artistry mode… there’s no rushing between the duo, and every single note will lead you somewhere other than where you thought it was going… laid-back & full of overtones, this tune is a solid winner.
You’ll hear a vibe that you might not have expected as you listen to “Brother of the Black Dirt”… horses cantering across the graveyard in perfect synch with the universe… the interplay between the bass and guitar is absolutely amazing!
Brian told me (in private messages) that the whole album “tells a story, from sad to wild“, and as you listen to my personal favorite track of the fifteen offered up, you’ll understand why he said that… the opener, “Antipode” (dictionary defined as “the direct opposite of something else”), may short-circuit you a bit, but in the end-run, it’s an improvisor’s dream… I just loved this piece.
I give Steve and Brian a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this sweet improvised session. Get more information as it becomes available on Brian’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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