Dan Rubright & The WirePilots | The Short Way Home

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The Short Way Home

by Dan Rubright & The WirePilots

An original blend of Jazz and World music
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take Me There
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
5:46 album only
2. The Bending Sky
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
4:22 album only
3. Very Cafe
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
5:27 album only
4. Nameless Lake
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
4:22 album only
5. Elegy for Amethyst
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
3:06 album only
6. The Days Ahead
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
5:55 album only
7. Bringing Back the Sun
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
5:07 album only
8. Envisioning Argentina
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
5:49 album only
9. The Short Way Home
Dan Rubright & The WirePilots
2:38 album only
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Album Notes
The WirePilots trio, headed by guitarist, composer, Dan Rubright is a St. Louis based jazz and world music group. They feature an eclectic blend of carefully arranged works that are unique yet clearly influenced by American jazz, Brazilian, Latin traditions, R@B and others. The group was founded by Dan and his brother, Ted Rubright, who plays an assortment of acoustic and electronic percussion instruments. The CD title, "The Short Way Home" refers to their time growing up when they would jam endlessly on Dan's early original compositions in the basement of their home.

From those early days it wasn't long before they ventured down the road of formal study in their separate genres, Dan as a jazz guitarist and Ted as a classical percussionist. After many years of working separately as professional musicians, they reunited as the WirePilots, eventually adding bassist, Ric Vice, a veteran of the St. Louis Jazz scene.

I heard Wire Pilots last night at Kinda Blue. I was struck by the strength of their arrangements. Many bands, and inevitably all pick up bands, will play the head or main theme and then take turns in a sort of round robin soloing before circling back to the theme and end. There is a big difference between that type of performance and the performance of a well rehearsed band, playing together a solid arrangement of thoughtful interplay. It's not that the players don't have their moments to shine but they're doing real ensemble playing interweaving in support of each other and the arrangement of the song, making something bigger than the sum of its parts. They weren't just comping along behind one another waiting for their turn. Their arrangements were fully integrated, well thought out, composed, structured and succinct. All the music was original, composed by guitarist Dan Rubright. He plays very clean with little sound effects, each note very clear and well placed. He has a strong sense of melody, raises and resolves his themes deftly without a lot of histrionics. His brother, Ted, provides percussion. It doesn't do him justice to call him a drummer. He sits and plays on a cajon with one bare hand while using a variety of sticks and brushes on an assortment of acoustic and electric devices producing a wide range of sounds and textures. Sometimes he foregoes sticks altogether. Sometimes, if you close your eyes, you might forget you're listening to a percussionist. His playing provides a perfect, tasteful punctuation as if he never gave a thought to being either Buddy Rich or Keith Moon, a malady many drummers suffer from. Ric Vice's upright rolled underneath it all occasionally coming up to take the lead and carry the flag. This was particularly true when he reached for his bow. He moved effortlessly from rhythm to melody and back. It is said in entertainment you should always leave them wanting more. Each piece was a complete statement yet they all seemed to end too soon. Other groupings of musicians would have stretched any of them out longer which would have seriously limited the number of pieces heard, statements made. All in all, it was a great evening of original music, strong compositions and brilliant ensemble playing without a lot of hot dog showboating. Even being brothers, it isn't always easy to play so well together. Brothers have egos, too. It was very gratifying to hear a group with a vision of a greater whole, that plays together toward a collective completeness. Their gifts as musicians certainly shine through while they play in support of a greater composition as opposed to waiting for their next solo.- Tom Burnham, April 12, 2015



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