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Within Sight

by Damian Erskine

A unique voice in Jazz/fusion, this album is an evolutionary step from the last studio album, "So To Speak".
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To the Rest (feat. George Colligan, Tom Guarna & Reinhardt Melz)
9:26 $0.99
2. Who By Now (feat. George Colligan, Reinhardt Melz & Tom Guarna)
6:18 $0.99
3. Begin Within (feat. George Colligan, Tom Guarna & Reinhardt Melz)
4:51 $0.99
4. Bestowal (feat. Miguel Bernal, George Colligan, Reinhardt Melz & Tom Guarna)
7:10 $0.99
5. Stumptown Stumble (feat. Tom Guarna, Reinhardt Melz, Miguel Bernal & George Colligan)
4:26 $0.99
6. Altitude Adjustment (feat. George Colligan, Reinhardt Melz & Tom Guarna)
5:23 $0.99
7. Song for Zoey (feat. George Colligan, Reinhardt Melz & Tom Guarna)
7:19 $0.99
8. Within Sight (feat. George Colligan, Tom Guarna & Reinhardt Melz)
6:00 $0.99
9. Fifty Out of One (feat. Tom Guarna, Reinhardt Melz & George Colligan)
7:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Before anything, I need to tell you about the other musicians on this recording!

Tom Guarna is the guitarist. Born and raised in New York, Tom plays with a lot of my favorite musicians like Wallace Roney, Mark Turner, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Clarke, Randy Brecker, Lenny White, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Hart, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Victor Bailey, Fred Wesley, Seamus Blake, Marcus Strickland, Ben Williams, Uri Caine, Chris Minh Doky, John Benitez, Joe Locke, E.J. Strickland, Billy Drummond, the Mingus Orchestra, Jimmy Herring, Rodney Holmes, Vincent Gardner, George Colligan and Mad Science, and Manuel Valera.

George Colligan is the pianist. He and Tom have been playing together for over 20 years. He's not only a phenomenal keyboardist, but he's a great drummer and trumpeter as well. George has also been heard with Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Miguel Zenon, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Dave Weckl, Richard Bona, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Mingus Big Band, AL Foster, Mark Turner, Lee Konitz, DJ Logic, Randy Brecker and Stefon Harris, among others.

Reinhardt Melz is one of my best friends and seems to be the drummer on about 90% of the music I play both locally and on the road. We both tour together with Gino Vannelli and Les McCann, as well as playing in Portland bands of most every genre (funk, salsa, jazz, fusion, pop... you name it, we play it here). Reinhardt is THE in demand drummer in the Portland area and is quickly making a huge splash in the world. He's got the musical sensitivity, the chops and a musical aesthetic that is securing his place among the greats. He makes me a better bassist!

Now, a thought about this project as a whole.

This album is my attempt to put it all out there. The chance to make an album that puts it all on the line and creates a snapshot of who I am as a bassist today, with no compromises.



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Intelligent, dynamic jazz fusion (4.6 stars)
with a good deal of well-integrated Afro-Cuban/Latin rhythms and idioms can be heard on the fourth album of the Portland-based bass guitarist Damian Erskine, himself a nephew of the legendary drummer Peter Erskine. Two other members of this strong quartet also live and perform/teach in the same city, namely versatile keyboardist George Colligan and fine drummer Reinhardt Melz, so they have had enough opportunity to hone their repertoire and develop exemplary chemistry. Add to that the unheralded guitarist from Brooklyn, Tom Guarna who has been playing in Colligan's hammond organ trio dubbed "Mad Science" for more than decade. Together with the drummer, Erskine provides precisional grooves, odd time signatures and some memorable bass lines, while Guarna and Colligan play the melody, at times in neat unison arrangement, and offer sizzling yet methodic improvisations, not infrequently tossing in some pyrotechnics. The bass guitarist's approach reminds me a bit of the relevant stylistic offerings by the likes of Anthony Jackson and John Patitucci.

Highlights include the tight Latin funk #2 'who by now' with boisterous drum input, the floating fusion anthem called #6 'altitude adjustment' mixing Afro-Cuban and Middle Eastern elements for the theme, which is followed by a piece co-written by pianist Vardan Ovsepian that originally appeared as the concluding tune on Peter Erskine's New Trio's "Joy Luck" (2011, Fuzzy Music), but here it starts with a traditional chord-melody jazz guitar vamp seguing into a lyrical waltz where Colligan provides unhurried, spacious piano elaboration. The driving funk title track #8 'within sight' finds Colligan handling rhodes sound keyboard, further boosted by Guarna's fluid guitar lines.
But you can also encounter an elegiac reverie including a bass guitar solo (#3 'begin within') or a fascinating guitar synth melody and improv against minimalist piano gradation and accompanying modernish syncopation on the shuffling #5 'stumptown stumble'. Total time: 58.07 mins. - recommended!

Please note that four songs ('to the rest, who by now, bestowal, 50 out of 1') were first recorded by a different line-up for "Live at Portland State University" (2011, Notnek Music).