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None of the Above

by Nelson Esposito Quintana

NEQ's music is improvisational but not noise; exploratory in texture and sound but melodic; arranged but open-ended; structured while embracing the random; aware of the past without repeating it; unafraid of space, subtlety or beauty, and it rocks.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stingy Brim
4:20 $0.99
2. None of the Above
5:54 $0.99
3. Savanna Sky
5:17 $0.99
4. Samba for Chloe
4:33 $0.99
5. Element Midnight
6:04 $0.99
6. Free Range Pickin'
5:16 $0.99
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7. River
7:49 album only
8. Laugh Instead of Cry
4:34 $0.99
9. Menands a Troy
6:39 $0.99
10. Nang Nang Nang
4:45 $0.99
11. Household Words
6:39 $0.99
12. Got My Jammies On
1:34 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Playing original songs & original arrangements of unusual covers of any genre signified by the muse. Improvisational but not noise; exploratory in texture and sound but melodic; arranged but open-ended; structured while embracing the random; aware of the past without repeating it; unafraid of space, subtlety or beauty, and it rocks. Todd Nelson - Guitar, loops and textures, Kyle Esposito - Fretless bass, Manuel Quintana - Drums, percussion and sfx.

Nelson Esposito Quintana
by Mike Hotter Published in Metroland on May 7, 2015
None of the Above

Closing in on five years after the release of Here, longtime area guitar ace Todd Nelson’s debut as a solo artist, the one-time member of semi-legendary Albany new wave outfits the Units and Fear of Strangers is back with another strong release of jazz-tinged improvisatory brilliance.
This time out Nelson shares the credit with his bandmates and rhythm section, bassist Kyle Esposito and drummer-percussionist Manuel Quintana composing the freshly formed trio NEQ. Esposito and Quintana helped compose at least a third of the hour-length album’s songs, but things start off strongly with two self-penned numbers, “Stingy Brim” and the Scofield/MMW-tinged title track. The fuller production and confident swing of the new tunes characterizes a more muscular approach than the sparer, bare bones sound of 2010’s Here.
Alongside a more hard-rocking edge, all members color the proceedings with unexpected electronic washes and intriguing loops. Carlos Valdes adds timbales on two tracks, including the Latin-infused “Savanna Sky,” which is enlivened by several mood shifts, Nelson even adding a kalimba to add to the natural feel. Nelson the guitarist gets to stretch out several times, most effectively on “Samba for Chloe,” his tasteful and nimble soloing enhanced by his overdubbing effective stabs of acoustic guitar. “Element Midnight” achieves a brooding darkness that I would deem almost Zeppelin-esque, and the calmly frenetic group solo section it builds up to is impressive in its controlled display of power. “Free Range Pickin’,” funkier and catchier than the country-referencing title suggests (think a little more Meters, a little less Little Feat), is a showcase for the hard-hitting but nimble drumming of Esposito, while a timely cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River” (always moving, even sans lyrics) is made even more poignant by recent reports of the legendary singer-songwriter’s fading health. N.E.Q. treat the song with the tender depth and care it (and Joni) deserves.
........this very enjoyable album is extremely effective in showing the many strengths of a known area talent, but also reveals many new and intriguing facets.

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