Wild crazy innovative improv Travis Sullivan, Brian Kastan, Dave Berger – VOLCANO RIDER: When your life is as full of music (of all types) as mine is, it’s easy sometimes to begin thinking you’ve heard it all… well, nothing could be further from reality… & when my friend Brian Kastan sent me this one, as soon as I popped it in the player, I knew it was going to take me (& my ears) “out there“… what you’ll hear is Travis Sullivan on alto sax, Brian Kastan doing electric guitar and bass and Dave Berger on drums – and it’s certainly one of the most wild, crazy & innovative improv sessions I’ve listened to (yet) in 2019. To get the full effect of what these improv wizards are doing together, scope out the video they produced for the release first…
…as you can see/hear, these katz just SOAR together… since you’re there already, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Brian’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many more earth-shattering jam – I did.
As you listen to the album, you’ll realize you’re in the presence of (pure & raw) genius… they just CUT it LOOSE on tunes like “Bubinga’s Theme“… I’ve no doubt you’ll be thinking of players like Shorter, Zappa & Cobham as you enjoy this 3:55 gem… I can (easily) see this tune getting some MASSIVE airplay on indie & alternative stations ’round the globe!
Brian’s bass intro on the closer, “Birth of the Volcano Rider (Monday Morning, No Coffee)” is perfect as a lead-in to the shimmering vibrancy the trio creates on this piece… some of the best improvised performance you’ll ever listen to.
You may find yourself lulled into thinking that the laid-back introduction to the opening track, “Just When You Think Everything is Cool“, means that the tune is “just jazz”, but at the 1:12 mark, the trio begins to KRANK it out, taking you all the way to the OTHER side of the wormhole… it’s definitely my personal favorite of the seven songs offered up for your aural pleasure!
I give Travis, Brian & Dave a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this superb trek into the innards of improv. Get more information on Brian’s ARCHIVE.org site. Rotcod Zzaj
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