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Bassist Jake Leckie Announces the Release of his Debut Album as a Leader, The Abode

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Bassist Jake Leckie Announces the Release of his Debut Album as a Leader, The Abode…

Outside In Music is proud to announce the January 25th release of The Abode, the debut album from the multi-faceted Jake Leckie. Having lent his talents to a myriad of recordings as both a musician and engineer, the bassist is now thrilled to establish himself as a bandleader, composer and arranger on The Abode. Joined by Kenny Warren on trumpet and flugelhorn, Sebastien Ammann on piano and Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums, along with other special guests, Jake Leckie presents this eight-track collection as a meditation on migration, understanding, and empathy. Paying tribute to the people and places that have collectively attributed to Leckie’s identity, the compositions heard on The Abode evoke a true sense of place and home. On January 11, Leckie will preview The Abode at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 at 11:30 PM in New York City. On Thursday February 21, the album release show will be at ArtShare L.A. at 8pm in Los Angeles.

Initially, Leckie intended on having a quartet solely record on this album. However, upon making the decision to move with his wife from New York to LA just ahead of recording, the bi-coastal bassist brought together a melting pot of featured musicians:  a string quartet comprised of Andrei MatorinTomoko Omura, and Agustin Uriburu with arrangements by Danny Jonokuchi, vocalist Alexis Morrast who gave life to lyrics written by Leckie’s wife Becca on “After the Flood”,  organist Ivey Paige and tambourine player Brenda Trotter-Workman, saxophonist Caroline Davis and percussionist Daniel Prim. During production, Leckie was joined by one of his closest bass friends,Adam Hopkins. This amalgamation of friends and colleagues was no accident – “bringing all of these people in just as I left New York made this project a capstone of my experience there and showed me how much of a home I had carved out during my tenure”, Leckie reflects. When Leckie, known for his “polyphonic openness to anything and everything” composes, he borrows a concept from design, known as “MAYA”: most advanced yet acceptable.  With a compositional approach reflective of Charles Mingus and Brian Blade Fellowship, and a group improvisational style that has been compared to Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet with Charlie Haden, Leckie strives to create music that is elevated, acoustic and organic, while simultaneously burrowing a deep engagement with his audience.

The opening and title track of the album is reminiscent of Alice Coltrane’s concept of Heaven, “The Supreme Abode”, a term found in her memoir, Monument Eternal. Leckie appreciates how Coltrane’s groovy modal free-jazz spoke to the civil rights movement of her time – “this is not a political record, but I do believe it is important for us to realize that we are all migratory people, and through this project by exploring my roots I see where I came from, and have empathy towards those leaving their homes searching for a better life”.

Among other stand-out tracks on the album is “After the Flood”, which sympathizes with the people of Houston and Puerto Rico. These victims of natural disaster were faced with the heartbreaking decision of leaving behind their houses – their homes – forever. “Negev” is inspired by Abraham’s journey through The Negev desert upon being banished from Egypt. Leckie reflects upon Abraham’s story as being one of the first migration stories to be written down. Amongst other tunes on the album, both of these compositions display Leckie’s thoughts on the various reasons people leave their homes – sometimes it is to search for something, sometimes it is to escape danger, and sometimes you have no choice.  Featuring Ivey Paige and Brenda Trotter-Workman – two fellow musicians who lend their talents to the weekly services at the Parkchester Baptist Church – “Morning Sound” is dedicated to the church, in which Leckie experienced his deepest musical and spiritual development. “Perseverance” brings the album to a close on a positive note. While exploring our world, reflecting upon our deepest experiences and escaping natural disasters, Leckie urges his listeners to maintain their faith in knowing that the good place is just ahead of us.

Visit online at jakeleckie.com

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Album Review: Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Mark Egan, Cross Currents…

It is exciting every time I get a new album from Mark Egan as he is such an amazingly versatile player and I never know what to expect (except for excellent artistry!) In his latest release, Mark has teamed up with Shawn Peyton on drums and Shane Theriot on guitar to bring us “Cross Currents”.

This collection of eleven tracks transports me to the Gulf Coast (New Orleans specifically). Mark’s fretless basses lay down a solid groove and lots of juicy solo work for this rootsy collection of funk, ambient, swamp-rock, second line, ballads, Cajun and even Indian Raga.

This trio is super-tight and the musicianship is flawless as each member has ample opportunity to shine. Even though each player is very talented in their own right, I feel that the collective energy is greater than just the sum of the players on this album. Each musician contributed to composing music for this project but the lion’s share are Mark’s original pieces.

I spent the summer of 1981 in New Orleans and this wonderful music takes me back to those fond memories. I participated in a wacky raft race on Lake Ponchatrain and this opening track elicits images of fun, sunshine, music, and great food.

This is another superb album that everyone will enjoy. Get your copy today! Cross Currents is available online at Amazon.com. Visit Mark online at markegan.com.

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New Project: NEMESIS CALL Announce “Kingdom of Shred” Album

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ALBERTO RIGONI’s New Project NEMESIS CALL Announce “Kingdom of Shred” Album, Feat. Super Talented Guests Such as Mike Terrana, Alexandra Zerner + Many Others

Worldwide known Italian bassist and composer ALBERTO RIGONI (soloist, BAD As, Kim Bingham, Vivaldi Metal Project, etc.) announces the new album “Kingdom of Shred” of his new project NEMESIS CALL. 

Alberto says: 
“Even if my latest album “Unexpected Lullabies”, dedicated to my newborn Vittoria Parini Rigoni, was released on June 4th 2024, I felt the need to compose new music (yes, I really can’t stop!). This time will be quite challenging because I’m willing to release an instrumental shred/prog/rock/metal/melodic album, that will feature many talented top-notch musicians such as drummer Mike Terrana, Alexandra Zerner, Alexandra Lioness, Aanika Pai (11 years old!), Keiji by Zero (19 years old!), SAKI and many others TBA/TBC). It won’t be easy to manage all such great musicians but I will make it! Are you ready to face a new prog experience? The album will be released in Digipack CD and in high-quality digital format approximately at the beginning of 2025 or maybe for Christmas!.”

As an independent artist, Alberto Rigoni has launched a fundraising campaign to support the project. Support at www.albertorigoni.net/nemesiscall. 20% of the income will be donated to Lega del Filo d’Oro (www.legadelfilodoro.it/it), an Italian association that helps deaf and blind children!

Visit online at www.albertorigoni.net | albertorigoni.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/albertorigonimusic | www.badas.rocks

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New Album: Los Lonely Boys first new album in 11 years, Resurrection

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Today, Los Lonely Boys announce the release of their first new album in 11 years.

Out August 2nd via BMG, Resurrection marks a return to form for the GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum trio of Texican brothers, who have performed everywhere from the GRAMMYs telecast to the World Series to recent tours with The Who. Lead single “Wish You Would” conjures the group’s classic sound, combining breezy guitar leads with hard-earned doses of wisdom.

“It’s something we think people need to hear—especially the youth,” says bassist/vocalist Jojo Garza, speaking on “Wish You Would” and Resurrection. “When we’re young, we think we have it figured out. When you get older, you start to see things differently. Having kids of our own, we see their ambitions and ideas of what they want to be, so we want to be good parents. The message is, ‘Be careful what you wish for. There could be a false light, and we don’t want you to get hurt’.”

After an extended break from recording, Los Lonely Boys are making a triumphant return with Resurrection. Rejuvenated and more cosmically attuned than ever before, the album rekindles the sonic fire that bonds the Los Lonely Boys brotherhood, while also paying respects to Texas legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Fender, among others. The album was recorded at guitarist/vocalist Henry Garza’s home studio in St. Angelo, TX, and El Paso’s Sonic Ranch (Fiona Apple, Bon Iver, Snarky Puppy etc), and mixed live in Chicago by Chris Gelin at Opus Audio Labs. 

This year Los Lonely Boys will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their self-titled debut, which reached double-platinum status and yielded the gold-certified, generational smash “Heaven,” which earned them a GRAMMY Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and performance on the awards telecast. The brothers’ follow-up Sacred bowed at #2 on the Billboard 200, paving the way for fan favorites ForgivenRockpango, and Revelation. Along the way, Los Lonely Boys collaborated with legends such as Santana, Willie Nelson, and Dr. John. 

Even as they’ve been away from the studio, Los Lonely Boys have continued to tour tirelessly for decades, and this year they’ve hit the road again for an extensive, months-long run across the US. They will also perform on select shows alongside long time friends Los Lobos. Find tickets here. Pre-order Resurrection

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New Album: Alberto Rigoni, Unexpected Lullabies

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Alberto Rigoni, Unexpected Lullabies…

ALBERTO RIGONI Springs Surprises on “Unexpected Lullabies” Album, Out Today!

Today, Italian bassist and composer ALBERTO RIGONI has released his new solo album “Unexpected Lullabies” via Sliptrick Records, containing songs that are half-sweet and half rock-metal. The album is produced and partially composed by Alberto Rigoni and it’s dedicated to Vittoria Parini Rigoni and all newborn babies. 

Alberto shared: “There are no just tragedies in this world, life is going on!”

Album Design and Artwork created by Mark Barrett at elmtreecreative.co.uk

Among the various bass used one belonged to Randy Coven for the recording of Ark – Burn The Sun. Alberto searched it for years since he’s a great fan of Randy (Rest in Peace and Power)!

Tracklist:
01. Vittoria
02. Fly Me To The Moon
03. Azzurra
04. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
05. Out Of Fear
06. Veni Laetitia
07. Nenia
08. Slap Lullaby
09. Saga
10. Vicky
11. Ocean Traveler
12. Strangers In The Night
13. Peaceful
14. Un uomo che voga

Order the album at deadpulse.com/product/alberto-rigoni-unexpected-lullabies/

This album promises to be a collection of auditory wonders, each track a testament to Rigoni’s genius and his ability to transcend musical boundaries. Featuring a symphony of guest musicians alongside Rigoni’s virtuosic bass, Unexpected Lullabies is poised to be a beacon for lovers of music, an invitation to explore the depths of creativity and emotion. What makes ‘Unexpected Lullabies’ even more exciting is the assembly of musical titans. The album features the legendary bassist Michael Manring, the keyboard wizardry of Alessandro Bertoni (of the Graham Bonnet Band) and Vitalij Kuprij (known for Artension and Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and many more yet-to-be-revealed guest artists.

Alberto Rigoni is:
Alberto Rigoni – Bass | Plus various guest musicians

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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