Neil Alexander & Nail | Tugging At The Infinite

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Tugging At The Infinite

by Neil Alexander & Nail

A hi-tech blend of Jazz, Funk, Rock, Ambient and Electronica, yielding a truly unique sound driven by Neil's killer synth chops.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Earlier Still
Neil Alexander & NAIL
9:26 $0.99
2. Starlight Casts No Shadow
Neil Alexander & NAIL
9:25 $0.99
3. The One That Got Away
Neil Alexander & NAIL
13:30 $0.99
4. Everyman (The Flight Of The Falcon)
Neil Alexander & NAIL
6:55 $0.99
5. Bread-Man
Neil Alexander & NAIL
10:45 $0.99
6. In Memoriam
Neil Alexander & NAIL
1:47 $0.99
7. While The City Dreams
Neil Alexander & NAIL
5:34 $0.99
8. (At The) Water's Edge
Neil Alexander & NAIL
9:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
“All music is crossover”, says Neil Alexander, a self-styled “Jazz Synthesist” and composer from Newburgh, NY. He knows what he’s talking about having played thousands of gigs in about every style in 30+ years of making music. He’s had ample opportunity to see where different styles intersect and how music crosses over. Well known from his ten years with The Machine (the Pink Floyd Tribute and Jam band), Neil is breaking new sonic ground with a remarkable trio featuring Charlie Kniceley (Rashid Ali, Jack Dejohnette) on Bass and Nadav Zelnicker (Dekel Bor) on drums.
“Tugging at the Infinite” reflects Neil’s many influences while showcasing the band’s versatility. The CD starts with “Earlier Still”, a blistering high energy jam and then suddenly changes gear with the ballad “Starlight casts no Shadow”, at times reminiscent of Mark Knopfler – with a serious funk jam included. The most memorable track is undoubtedly “Everyman”, a transcendent jazz pop masterpiece. The CD moves easily between funk, ambient, rock, and more traditional styles and includes two live tracks (one of them solo), all driven by Neil’s extraordinary synthesizer work.
It’s hard to categorize what he does, but Neil ties it all together through jazz, the original melting pot of music. “Jazz borrows from everything it co-exists with, and spawns new styles constantly.” When asked “why the synthesizer?” Neil states, “I fell in love with the sound – the sound of electricity. The synthesizer is a living, breathing instrument to me. Add the fact that pianos are hard to come by at some clubs, and digital pianos are “fakes”. You’re already using electronics with digital pianos - why pretend? Why not go the other way, and really use what the instruments can do?”
With his experience, which includes playing rock, jazz, blues, funk, electronica, ambient, classical, composing for Modern Dance and Avant Garde Theater as well as teaching Master Classes in music technology, Neil has built a formidable musical vocabulary. Neil Alexander & NAIL is a tight versatile unit, easily shifting and combining the aforementioned styles with fierce musicianship. At the core is an emphasis on improvisation and a solid foundation in Jazz. True lovers of jazz, improvisation and an exhilarating sensory experience seek them out, knowing they will shatter boundaries and test limits.



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The spectrum of styles across this instrumental CD—from synth waves to hectic dr
Rock ’n’ rollers have their own version of the American Dream: to quit their day jobs and write that symphony they’ve always wanted to write. Last year keyboardist Neil Alexander finally did so, leaving Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine and spending six months writing and recording Tugging at the Infinite with his personal project, NAIL. Fans of supercharged synth funk will be glad he did, as these eight tracks deliver the goods with an army of heavy sidemen. Standout cuts include the stellar “Starlight Casts No Shadow,” dedicated to a late friend, musician Suzy Star. The song starts and ends as a twangy rock ballad, but funks out in the middle, and is led by Alexander’s ear-grabbing piano and the hot rhythm section of T. Xiques on drums and Charlie Knicely on bass. The album is primarily a studio effort but includes two live tracks; one of these, “The One That Got Away,” features the killer tenor sax of Norbert Stachel of Tower of Power. There are no electric guitars on this record, but even savvy listeners will be put to the test as Alexander’s keyboard mastery allows him to mimic some of the greatest six-string licks. The spectrum of styles across this instrumental CD — from synth waves to hectic drums and bass-style jams — keep the disc fresh on every spin. NAIL will hammer the Chthonic Clash coffeehouse in Beacon on June 16.