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So To Speak

by Damian Erskine

All About Jazz - "Rhythmic mastery and the Erskine name continue to be synonymous with Damian Erskine's smoking performances on So To Speak."
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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Some reviews:

Urban Flux - "Damian Erskine’s “So to Speak,” is simply flawless, rhythmically mesmerizing and underneath it all melodically transparent! “So to Speak,” by Erskine escapes the spoils of commercialism untarnished to unveil a musical gem that want disappoint even the hard to please music enthusiasts! "

Bass Player Magazine - "Damian Erskine's significant facility, big pocket and harmonic awareness are what comes when talent and hard work collide."

Bass Guitar UK - "A modern groove master with top notch tecnhique"

Oregon Music News - "bassist Damian Erskine’s new CD, So to Speak, is a supremely inspired effort, rendered by some of Portland’s best jazz, funk, Latin and soul musicians. His compositions are a master class in groovology, ridiculously strong meter, inventive melodies and a solid underlayment"

Jazz Inside NY - "Damian Erskine leading a hip group with a Latin-fusion influence on a host of new tunes, all of them composed by Erskine. He’s the Man and proves it in his inventive compositions and in his imaginative ideas and performance. "

Village Voice - B+

Damian Erskine - Bass
Reinhardt Melz - Drums, Percussion
Ramsey Embick - Piano
Chris Mosley - Guitar
Rafael Trujillo - Percussion
John Nastos - Tenor
Jason Dumars - Soprano
Paul Mazzio - Trumpet
Derek Rieth - Percussion
Carmello Torres - Percussion



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Mike Prigodich

Insanely Great!
To borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs at Apple Computer, this album is "Insanely Great!". Great grooves. Great songs. Great playing. What more can I say, except that as great as this album is, the band is even more amazing to see in action playing live gigs.


Something for Everyone
This CD has it all, great grooves, phenomenal musicianship, singable melodies, and seemingly telepathic communication between the players! Full of life and energy, this is modern "fusion" at it's best. There are insane technical bits to please fans of Return to Forever or Mahavishnu, mixed with beautiful melodic interplay like The Yellowjackets at their finest. Erskine is obviously in an elite class of technical players (as is drummer Embick), but his real talents showcased here are writing and arranging. These are artful, organic songs. They have a wonderful ambient space to them, as if you're just hanging out with the band while they jam in a rehearsal space. Simply put, if you like original and creative music, buy this CD. Support a working musician!