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Wheels of Commotion

by Conigliaro Consort

The instincts of a fine jazz guitar player and songwriter with bluesy intuitive vocals, harmonica and arrangements to match.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wheels of Commotion
4:53 $0.99
2. Tired of Waiting
4:19 $0.99
3. Nardis (Live)
10:38 $0.99
4. Her Love Is Merciless (Live)
4:26 $0.99
5. Pocket Change
3:09 $0.99
6. Collecting Business Cards
3:25 $0.99
7. My Ship
3:54 $0.99
8. My Soul Is
4:18 $0.99
9. This Life Will Be (Live)
5:34 $0.99
10. Movin' (Live)
7:19 $0.99
11. Wheels of Commotion (Live)
6:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
The first word that comes to mind when listening to Brian Conigliaro’s music is integrity. What does that mean? He walks his talk – he lives, and creates art, by his values. He does not compromise his vision. Now this doesn’t make his music self-indulgent, rather, it gives it quality and depth. Nor does it mean that it is hard to listen to – instead it makes it exuberant and passionate. As a result, Brian’s latest effort with his Consort, WHEELS OF COMMOTION, is a joy to listen to.

Working essentially with bass, drums, piano, along with Mr. Conigliaro’s guitar, harmonica, and vocals, this album is rooted in the jazz tradition with meaningful soloing by these master musicians, but has a swirl of influences that range from rock, funk, blues, bossa nova to Latin music. This is understandable when you know the artists Conigliaro and his Consort have collaborated with over the years. These include Lou Rawls, Dizzy Gillespie, The Tokens, Mickey Dolenz, Patti Lupone, Paul Butterfield, The Brecker Brothers, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Dylan among others.

The album features eight terrific original compositions and three fascinating covers, that show his multiple influences. For example, one highlight of the album is a haunting, noir reworking of The Kinks song, “Tired of Waiting.” A favorite masterpiece on the record is his deep interpretation of the Miles Davis song made famous by Bill Evans, “Nardis.” Written during Davis’s “modal period,” that influenced his “Spanish” recordings, Conigliaro starts off with a virtuosic improvised acoustic guitar introduction in that style, before the quartet blasts into a stirring rendition to rival the best.

But the real stand outs on the record are Conigliaro’s originals. The title tune, “Wheels of Commotion,” swings easy in counterpoint under its evocative lyrics, which may be commenting all too closely on our current political condition. Another great track, “My Soul Is,” begins with Brian’s deft bluesy harp, and features a no-holds-barred vocal that reaches to the depths of that thing we call our soul. The words speak to that integrity thing – live fully, express who you authentically are, no matter the cost. Congiliaro and his quartet take it all the way on this album. It’s a trip worth going on.

“My soul is more than skin and bones
These colors don’t rise in muted tones
Reach out and find you’re not alone
Work it out – exhaust yourself – seek repose” Brian Conigliaro

-Glenn Berger -
Glenn Berger is a Recording Engineer, Producer, Author and Psychotherapist. His most recent book "Never Say No to a Rock Star" is getting some much deserved attention (winner of Nicholas Schaffner award for music in literature).



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