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Waves and Particles

by Flowtilla

Not your typical "jazz-funk" offering. In this collection of pleasantly quirky original songs Flowtilla draw on a wide variety of other influences such as world music, progressive rock , 70's soul, and the less bombastic side of fusion.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Aspirant
5:10 $0.99
2. Forever
4:52 $0.99
3. Recognition
4:08 $0.99
4. New Year's Eve
3:34 $0.99
5. Deadline
4:15 $0.99
6. Hi Life
4:03 $0.99
7. Waves and Particles
3:24 $0.99
8. Effervescence
5:15 $0.99
9. Consider the Source
3:58 $0.99
10. Kind Horn
4:26 $0.99
11. Ambiguity
4:15 $0.99
12. The Stroll
2:47 $0.99
13. Elixir
4:46 $0.99
14. Little Tumbleweed
3:17 $0.99
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About Flowtilla

Flowtilla is a San Francisco Bay Area based trio formed in 2000 by guitarist Len Paterson, and bassist Ellen Schoenwetter. Their driving sound is an eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

Flowtilla's music has been used on cable t.v shows as well as commercial cues. These include A&E Biography specials on Stevie Wonder, Billy Crystal and Kirstie Alley, HBO's Real Sex, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Emeril Green's "Green Planet."

Flowtilla released their first cd. under the name "Len Paterson Trio", which they self produced on their own label, Acorn Sonata. Entitled "Sunny Cloudy", it was voted one of the top 10 records of 2001 on JamBase. Len Paterson also made the top 10 guitarist list. They have released three more self produced c.d.s on their Acorn Sonata label. In 2003, Flowtilla came out with "Out of the Inside"; in 2006, "Clariphonic", and "Waves and Particles" in 2011.

They have played many Bay Area clubs including Jupiter, The Boom Boom Room, Grant & Green, Cafe du Nord, Blake's, Starry Plough, Sweetwater, Paragon Bar, and the Claremont Hotel, and have performed at the High Sierra Music Festival as well as many Bay Area street fairs, festivals and private events. Flowtilla has opened for New Monsoon, Will Bernard, Merle Saunders and Living Daylights.

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In Flowtilla, Ellen and Len currently work with several drummers, although Jan Jackson (of Will Bernard) has recorded on all their c.d.'s and plays with them most often. Will Bernard sat in with Flowtilla on several occasions as well.


Len has played with many Bay Area groups such as afrobeat band Aphrodesia, Bitches Brew (the Miles Davis tribute band), Jackie Ivory (of Junior Walker Allstars), Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Henry Kaiser, Beth Custer and Splatter Trio. He even played a set of improvised rock music as a guest with the pop band Green Day . Len has also composed music for film and can be heard in collaboration with David Slusser on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

Len and Ellen have played together in the free improvisational group "Pluto" (including Amoeba Records owner Marc Weinstein), and were members of the Ralph Carney (of Tom Waits) band "Special Parrot", which played at venues such as The Elbo Room, Slim's and Bimbo's.

Ellen was a member of hardcore punk band Assasins of God, which played the first Lolapalooza and toured Europe often. She can be heard on their c.d., "Black Tongue Speaks." Ellen has played with Dewey Redman and Joe Bonamassa. She also was the bassist for 2 years with S.F. bebop legend Bishop Norman Williams and has played with many other Bay Area musicians including Morris Acevedo's Electric Trio.



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Peter Haas

Flowtilla Delivers Again
Flowtilla is a first-rate jazz-funk-fusion outfit based in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay. “Waves and Particles” is their third CD, and it continues the group’s very listenable and memorable output. This release features the same basic trio as their last CD with three guest percussion players. The trio consists of Len Paterson (guitar and some keyboards), Ellen Schoenwetter (bass) and Jian Jackson (drums and percussion). This release, like their previous ones, is filled with infectious grooves and impressive musicianship. As usual, Paterson and Schoenwetter composed all of the tracks. They are good at finding a memorable riff or groove and turning it into a memorable composition. This CD will strike the listener as very professional and well-produced, as well.

The proceedings this time begin a little more rock-oriented than on their last effort, and a heavier beat powers the first two tracks (“The Aspirant” and “Forever.” The third track (“Recognition”) finds them in a slightly funkier place with a fast-rolling bass line accompanying a percussive guitar. “New Year’s Eve” features the guest percussion for a slightly Indian tabla feel and a smooth bass line. The guitar enters with an extremely “treated” sound and then all of the sounds and melody blend nicely. “Deadline” starts with a straightforward guitar theme, and then switches gears into a funk workout, with a propulsive bass line that is somewhat reminiscent of Dennis Coffey’s classic “Scorpio” instrumental from 1971. Paterson picks out some tasty licks while the band keeps the funky groove. Definitely a standout track among many others!

Other highlights, include faintly Calypso beat and feel of “Hi Life;” the somewhat pastoral feel of the opening of the glockenspiel tinged, “Ambiguity,” which morphs appropriately into a funky stroll with some extreme wah-wah soloing by Paterson., and the almost lyrical “Elixir, “ with its “Sleepwalk”-like guitar lines.

If you’re fortunate enough to catch Flowtilla at a gig, you should definitely consider buying this CD. It will not only remind you of how well they play live, it will reward you with repeated listening and make you appreciate their skills in the areas of composing and producing memorable music.