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Steve Wiest and Phröntrange: The High Road

by Steve Wiest

An exciting collection of fresh and highly listenable modern jazz-rock-fusion-funk hybrid music.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Vinnie Paradox (feat. Mike Abbott, Bijoux Barbosa, Art Bouton, Eric Gunnison, Mike Marlier)
4:20 $0.99
2. Cantaloupe Island (feat. Mike Abbott, Bijoux Barbosa, Art Bouton, Eric Gunnison, Mike Marlier)
6:59 $0.99
3. Violet Iris (feat. Mike Abbott, Bijoux Barbosa, Art Bouton, Eric Gunnison, Mike Marlier)
7:55 $0.99
4. A Stern Talking Too (feat. Mike Abbott, Bijoux Barbosa, Art Bouton, Eric Gunnison, Mike Marlier)
5:43 $0.99
5. Miles Slide (feat. Mike Abbott, Bijoux Barbosa, Art Bouton, Eric Gunnison, Mike Marlier)
5:57 $0.99
6. Please Don't Think It's Funny (feat. Mike Abbott, Bijoux Barbosa, Art Bouton, Eric Gunnison, Mike Marlier)
5:14 $0.99
7. Shred or Shred Not (There Is No Try) [feat. Mike Abbott, Bijoux Barbosa, Art Bouton, Eric Gunnison, Mike Marlier]
5:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Liner Notes for "Steve Wiest and Phröntrange: The High Road" by Jimmy Pankow

Pioneer(def): one who bravely ventures where no one has gone before.

Steve Wiest is a pioneer. He is fearless. He is a visionary who dares to throw convention to the wind. His music screaming from the very depths of his being, with no rules! This body of work does not seek approval by would-be critics. It emanates, unfettered and joyously, from Steve's heart and soul. Oh, and he has that sly grin! His humor and wit are so evident here, as well as a strong supporting cast. He has enlisted the very best to accompany him on this adventure. We're talking SERIOUS chops across the board!

So..., fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!

P.S.- How cool is it to have your wife and son join you on a performance! - I can relate. And this guy, who's bestowed on me more accolades than I could ever possibly deserve, PLAYS HIS ASS OFF!

—Jimmy Pankow: trombonist and composer with Chicago and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee.

“Steve Wiest and Phröntrange: The High Road” is a celebration of infectious, listenable, deep-groove music that is overwhelmingly fun to listen to! Wiest’s stated goal for the project is as follows:

“The concept of Phröntrange is to compose and make music that is fun: fun to write, fun to play and fun to listen to. In this way, I hope that it will be a proper homage to my Colorado home. I am so thrilled with living in this wonderful front range area and the healthy vibe that it brings to my life, that it inspired me to put it all into the music.”

A track-by-track discussion of each piece by Steve Wiest:

1. The Vinnie Paradox is the effect that I first heard from drummer Vinnie Colaiuta while he played for Sting where a 4/4 groove with half notes on the cymbals turns around when a bar of three is added. What a cool effect!

2. Cantaloupe Island is simply one of my favorite Herbie Hancock tunes. I wanted to take aspects of his comping and develop them into rocked out lines and other Herbie textures. This one is BIG fun!

3. In Violet Iris, I’m telling the story of being in elementary school and visiting my great grandmother in Missouri. She had a tremendous garden in her backyard and I used to wander among the fabulous purple irises and just marvel at the smell, texture and color. And what a treat to include my wife Carmen on violin and my son Matthew on cello for the intro on this one!

4. A Stern Talking Too is my tribute to the music of guitarist Mike Stern. I love the fresh forms that he comes up with and how they are all based organically on a solid groove.

5. Two of my favorite musicians in all of jazz are Miles Davis and Slide Hampton. In Miles Slide, I combine 1980s Davis with “Frame for The Blues” Hampton as a tribute for all of us to enjoy.

6. Please Don’t Think It’s Funny is a heartbreakingly honest and beautiful tune by one of my heroes, Fred Rogers. Its sentiment is just as strong as its music and only possible with a truly holy person such as Fred.

7. With Shred or Shred Not (There is No Try) This one really exemplifies the all-out-fun attitude that I want this project to exude It’s an epic rock anthem approach to the form mixed with serious soulful funkiness. With this group of stellar musicians and great cats, I had plenty of ammunition to work with!

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