Retro

Retro

Retro by Gary Willis Retro Gary Willis Release Year: 2013 Label: Abstract Logix Artists: Gary Willis – bass Gergo Borlai – drums Albert Bover – keyboards   From Abstractlogix: One of the most formidable fretless electric bassists in the post-Jaco Pastorius era, Texas native and current Barcelona resident Gary Willis joins forces with Catalan keyboardist Albert Bover and Budapest-born drummer Gergo Borlai on this exhilarating take on the electric piano trio. Co-founder (with guitarist Scott Henderson) of the premiere fusion band Tribal Tech and former member of Wayne Shorter’s band, Willis and his highly interactive crew shift deftly from slamming funk (“Old School”) to percolating fusion (“Disconnectivity”) to aggressive swingers (“Change Agent,” ”Move”) while embracing quiet ballads (Paul McCandless’ “Amaryllis,” Milton Nascimento’s evocative “Tarde” or Willis’ aptly-titled “Dream”) with uncommon sensitivity and a lyrical touch. They also turn in expressive interpretations of the Lennon-McCartney classic “Norwegian Wood” and Bill Evans’ “We Will Meet Again.” And the album closes on a poignant note with Willis’ tasty, subtly reharmonized rendition of the Depression era standard “For All We Know,” a tune famously covered by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway. From the modal opener “Change Agent” to the bubbling “Old School” (which recalls the old school funk-fusion of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters) to the atmospheric “Tarde,” these three kindred spirits demonstrate a remarkable capacity to groove in loose-tight fashion throughout Retro. Read more Retro 1. Change Agent             7:20     2. Amaryllis                     7:11     3. Disconnectivity       ...
Shaman

Shaman

Willis is back with the amazing Llibert Fortuny on saxes and David Gomez on drums with a follow-up to “SlaughterHouse3” & “Actual Fiction” and he has come out swinging! True to form there is a lot of interesting effects and some wonderful programming going on here. Groovy as hell, and just chocked full of trippy and supremely interesting samples, loops and general wackiness. Gomez has such a nice pocket here.. I really fell in love with his drumming all over again here. Llibert is an incredibly interesting horn player.. I really love his tone, lines and use of effects! And, of course, Willis is just KILLING it here. Such cool grooves… trademark phrasing and tone, of course but the thing that amazes me is that… he just keeps getting better and even more interesting with every release. I cannot praise this one enough. Damien Erskine Shaman Release Year: 2008 Label: Universal Music Artists: Gary Willis – bass Llibert Fortuny – saxophone David Gomez –...
Slaughterhouse3

Slaughterhouse3

Fiercely uncompromising with equal allegiance to jazzy improvisation, funky backbeats and sonic experimentation, the audacious power trio Slaughterhouse 3 dwells in a place right on that cutting edge between Sun Ra-inspired extrapolation and James Brown-inspired groovepower. Bill Milkowski Slaughterhouse 3 Release Year: 2008 Label: Abstract Logix Artists: Gary Willis – bass Llibert Fortuny – saxophone Kirk Covington –...
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